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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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Into the New Century, 2000–2004

Into the New Century, 2000–2004

(p.326) 17 Into the New Century, 2000–2004
Fifty Years of Justice

James M. Denham

University Press of Florida

This chapter begins with the confused presidential election of 2000 and disputed vote totals in Florida. Some litigation in the Middle District involving counting of the votes is included in the chapter. George W. Bush’s justice department is introduced. The September 11 terrorist attacks and their impact on federal law enforcement is discussed. The Bush Administration’s reaction to the attacks, its subsequent “War on Terror,” the passage of the Patriot Act, and the War in Iraq had a transformative effect on American society and the Middle District of Florida. The Middle District’s reaction to the attack and the heightened security measures are covered. Extensive coverage of the U.S. Attorney’s office is included. The chapter then turns to the unhealthy conditions (sick courthouse syndrome) in the various courthouses. The construction of a new courthouse in Orlando is discussed. A number of corruption cases are discussed, including the Jacksonville Police Department and several other agencies receiving federal funds are chronicled. The chapter concludes with the implementation of the Case Management/Electronic Case Files System (CM/ECF) by the Middle district clerk’s office as well as how the system functioned during the four hurricanes that swept through the district in 2004.

Keywords:   Bush v. Gore (2001), September 11 Terrorist Attack, “War on Terror”, Patriot Act, John Ashcroft, Paul I. Perez, Case Management/Electronic Case Files System (CM/ECF)

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