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'Taj Mahal' Hawkes admits he was forced to quit



First District Court of Appeal Judge Paul M. Hawkes went on a Tallahassee radio morning show to "dispel" erroneous reports about the opulent new courthouse he's helped build. Asked if he was forced to step down as chief judge, Hawkes did not answer. Asked again, he said his is not a job with a boss, nobody could force him to give up his leadership position. He called back later, off air, and told the producer that he wanted to clarify what he said: Actually, Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Canady had asked for his resignation as chief. -- Lucy Morgan

[Last modified: Thursday, November 25, 2010 12:27am]


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