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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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The Court Expands and Confronts Antigovernment Activity, 1992–2000

The Court Expands and Confronts Antigovernment Activity, 1992–2000

(p.239) 12 The Court Expands and Confronts Antigovernment Activity, 1992–2000
Fifty Years of Justice

James M. Denham

University Press of Florida

This chapter discusses the Middle District Court during the Clinton years, 1992–2000. Clinton’s judicial nominations and his approach to the selection of judges and his Justice Department under Janet Reno. Again the cooperation of Senators Bob Graham and Connie Mack in securing strong nominees that could achieve bipartisan support is documented. The brief, controversial tenure of U.S. Attorney Larry Colleton, the district’s first African American U.S. Attorney as well as the actions and management of his office is chronicled—as is that of his successor Charles Wilson. The experience of the court during the “government shutdown” of 1994 and the growing “anti-government” sentiment and how it affected the courts is discussed. A number of prosecutions in the Middle District relevant to these subjects are discussed.

Keywords:   Bill Clinton judicial appointments, Janet Reno, Bob Graham, Connie Mack, Larry Colleton, Government shutdown, Tax Protestors, Knights of the New Order, Domestic Terrorism, Emilio Ippolito

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