Legal Ethics

Grand Jury Probe of $48M 'Taj Mahal' Courthouse Goes Nowhere


A plan to build a lavish new appellate courthouse in Florida was no secret.

But now that the $48 million “Taj Mahal” structure is nearing completion in Tallahassee, some are demanding answers about how it came to be and seeking to hold judges and other officials accountable.

A grand jury investigation went nowhere: While “there are probably some things that probably shouldn’t have happened,” Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs tells the St. Petersburg Times, the grand jury didn’t see any crime being committed. “Everybody knew they were building a courthouse.”

However, the St. Petersburg Times calls in an editorial for inspector general investigations and a Judicial Qualifications Commission probe of the “politically connected” group of jurists who pushed the project through.

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