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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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A New Era Begins

A New Era Begins

The Reagan Years, 1980–1988

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Fifty Years of Justice

James M. Denham

University Press of Florida

The chapter deals with the Reagan imprint on the Middle District of Florida. The chapter begins with the Reagan Justice Department’s overall philosophy toward the judiciary and how this philosophy underpinned the appointment of federal judges and shaped the make-up of the U.S. attorney’s office. After discussing Florida’s immense population growth in the 1980s the chapter turns to various administrative aspects the court adopted to cope with burgeoning case loads. The chapter introduces the Reagan appointees to the Middle District. The investigation of Judge Alcee Hastings of the Southern District of Florida by the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Council after charges of misconduct by Middle District Chief Judge William Terrell Hodges and his counterpart in the Southern District of Georgia, and Hasting’s subsequent impeachment are discussed. Extensive coverage and the duties of the U.S. Marshal’s office during these years is provided, and the problem of prison overcrowding in the district is addressed.

Keywords:   Ronald Reagan Judicial Appointments, Paula Hawkins, United States v. Borders, Alcee Hastings, William Terrell Hodges, Anthony A. Alaimo, Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980, United States Marshals Service

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