The Supreme Court of Florida, 1917-1972
- Walter W. Manley II and Canter Brown, Jr. ; prepared for the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society ; Eric W. Rise, contributing scholar.
- Gainesville : University Press of Florida, ©2006.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource (xii, 428 pages) : illustrations
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-413) and index.
- World War I, the boom, and the bust
- The Supreme Court in transition
- Case decisions for a tumultuous era
- Economic calamity and war's challenge
- The court in trying times
- Case decisions of the Great Depression and World War II era
- The postwar boom
- The postwar bar
- The postwar Supreme Court
- Case decisions of the postwar era
- The civil rights era
- The Supreme Court, Federal judicial activism, and the civil rights era
- Case decisions of the civil rights era
- A peaceful revolution of earthquake proportions
- The Supreme Court and its own revolution
- Case decisions, 1964-1972.
Brown and Manley, two award-winning legal and Florida history scholars, offer an in-depth analysis of the court, the individuals who sat on its bench, the major subject areas of appeals it considered, and the influences that propelled its evolution during an era that was crucial to Florida's emergence as a national force. This court presided through two world wars, the issues of desegregation and growth management, court scandals, and the emergence of drug trafficking in South Florida. In a series of distinct but connected vignettes that draw effectively on oral interviews, the volume provides the first examination of the events that shaped the Florida Supreme Court. One of the few such studies of any state supreme court in the United States, it provides insights into judicial, political, and governmental processes applicable beyond the state. Further, it places hundreds of crucial court decisions within the context of state and national history. The authors delve deeply into controversies within the supreme court, including the associations, interests, and actions of individual tribunal members. Justices forgotten by history or subjected to professional slight emerge as dynamic and positive factors while the reputations of others, previously heralded for their service, face a level of critical scrutiny they had eluded. All of the men who served on the tribunal during the period appear unencumbered by the mystique of their office. As such, the authors offer a solid foundation for understanding scandals that rocked the court in the mid-1970s. From these circumstances emerged the court whose decision to recount the 2000 presidential election votes was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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- Publication date
- 9780813037820 (electronic bk.)
- 0813037824 (electronic bk.)