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Dubious Achievers - Florida Newsmakers of the Year

Mike Vogel | 1/1/2011

• PAUL HAWKES
1st District Court of Appeal judge
North Florida

1st District Courthouse
Judge Paul Hawkes lobbied lawmakers for the $48.8-million courthouse, which includes kitchens for each judge and big-screen TVs. [Photo: Ray Stanyard]

Paul Hawkes
Lobbying for the ‘Taj'

Voters in November decided to retain Judge Paul Hawkes, a Jeb Bush appointee and at the time chief judge of the appellate district that includes much of north Florida. Voters kept alive the judiciary's unbroken string of retention victories despite revelations that the former GOP legislator was the driving lobbying force for his district's new, $48.8-million "Taj Mahal" courthouse, including big-screen TVs and individual kitchens for each judge. "I don't think it's extravagant," Hawkes told the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. Hawkes has since stepped down as chief judge.


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