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Crist defers to JQC on 'Taj Mahal' courthouse; Howard Troxler rants



Gov. Charlie Crist says he doesn't think it would be appropriate for him to ask his own staff to investigate the 1st District Court of Appeal's posh new courthouse.

"One of the main individuals involved in this is my opponent, Marco Rubio," Crist said in an interview Wednesday. "It's best for the Judicial Qualifications Commission to take a look at it."

Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady said his own inspector general will review the audit, and on Wednesday the court sent copies to the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the agency that can discipline or remove judges.

Asked about a report that he had also asked the DCA's chief judge, Paul M. Hawkes, to step down, Canady said, "No comment." Read more from Lucy Morgan here.

And don't miss Howard Troxler's latest rant about the so-called "Taj Mahal" here.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 14, 2010 3:53pm]


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