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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 Middle District and the War on Crime, 1968–1976

The Middle District and the War on Crime, 1968–1976

(p.97) 5 The Middle District and the War on Crime, 1968–1976
Fifty Years of Justice

James M. Denham

University Press of Florida

This chapters covers the federal government’s “War on Crime” as initiated by the Johnson and continued by the Nixon Administration. The chapter also introduces the Nixon-Ford appointments to the court. Suspensions of the executions in Florida are discussed under Furman v. Georgia, (1972). U.S. Attorney John Briggs who replaced Edward Boardman is introduced. Extensive coverage of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of 1970 and how it was used in the district to fight organized crime is explained and introduced. Prosecutions of Florida organized crime figures such as Santo Trafficante and Harlan Blackburn are covered. The chapter also covers the activity of the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP), and especially the activities of its operatives in the Democratic Primary in Florida (1972) and their subsequent capture and arraignment. The last part of the chapter deals with the prosecution of Senator Ed Gurney, Finally, the prosecution of Sen. Ed Gurney for ethics violations is covered.

Keywords:   War on Crime, Death Penalty, Nixon Judicial Appointments, Furman v. Georgia, (1972), Omnibus Crime Control Act of 1968, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act of 1970 (RICO), “Strike Force” Concept, Donald Segretti, Florida Democratic Primary (1972), U.S. v. Ed Gurney

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