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Howard Troxler: Taj Mahal charges mostly unsatisfying

Times columnist Howard Troxler on the misconduct charges against Paul M. Hawkes:

So now there are formal misconduct charges against Paul M. Hawkes, the main judge in the "Taj Mahal" courthouse scandal in Tallahassee.

This is partly satisfying, but mostly unsatisfying.

Partly satisfying, because unless everybody else in the world is lying, he deserves it.

Hawkes, who was put on the 1st District Court of Appeal by former Gov. Jeb Bush, snookered the taxpayers out of a $50 million palace.

He sneaked it through with his buddies in the Legislature. He browbeat and bullied the state bureaucracy to get his way. He terrorized and threatened underlings. He blew money like it belonged to somebody else, which it did, of course.

Read the entire column here.

[Last modified: Monday, May 23, 2011 6:35pm]


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