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Judge Hawkes files motion to dismiss in 'Taj Mahal' case

Judge Paul M. Hawkes says all of his fellow judges at the 1st District Court of Appeal participated in key decisions leading to construction of a posh $50 million courthouse many have dubbed the Taj Mahal.

In a motion Wednesday that seeks to dismiss charges filed against him for conduct unbecoming a judge, Hawkes says the court and its building committee worked in concert to make almost all decisions about the granite- and mahogany-filled building.

"All on the court agreed to speak with one voice,'' Hawkes noted. There are 15 judges on the court.

The Judicial Qualifications Commission has charged Hawkes with abusing his authority as a judge, destroying public records and conduct that demonstrates he is unfit to hold office in connection with the project.

Story here. Click on the Permalink to read the motion.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 10:01pm]

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