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Fifty Years of JusticeA History of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida$
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James M. Denham

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060491

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060491.001.0001

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From the Southern to the U.S. Middle District of Florida, 1950s–1962

From the Southern to the U.S. Middle District of Florida, 1950s–1962

(p.7) 1 From the Southern to the U.S. Middle District of Florida, 1950s–1962
Fifty Years of Justice

James M. Denham

University Press of Florida

This chapter provides a brief history of the U.S. Southern District of Florida from its creation in 1847 to the creation of the U.S. Middle District of Florida in 1962, focusing primarily on Florida’s dramatic population growth, and its legal and demographic features in the decades leading up to the creation of the new district in 1962. The expansion of federal jurisdiction of crime is covered in those years as is the role of senators in the appointment of federal judges. A brief survey of the Warren Court rulings and their context for federal jurisprudence in the district are included, as are the background of the judges and other court officials at the time the new district was created.

Keywords:   John Kennedy, Warren Court, Bryan Simpson, George Smathers, Spessard Holland, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas

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