Judge's trip to see furnishings for 'Taj Mahal' was quashed
Three years ago, when Paul M. Hawkes was chairman of the building committee for the courthouse now called the "Taj Mahal," he checked into buying more than $1 million in furniture for the building.
It was to be bought through a state-approved vendor in Tallahassee. According to the then-chief judge of the 1st District Court of Appeal and according to the court's longtime marshal, Hawkes wanted to visit the furniture manufacturer in southern Indiana.
They say the manufacturer was going to take Hawkes and two family members on a river cruise and wine and dine them at the Turf Club at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby in nearby Louisville.
Read the latest on the 'Taj Mahal' courthouse by Lucy Morgan.