The Law: Appearance of Evil

Florida is suffering a fire storm of scandals. Indictments and investigations are now pending against dozens of public servants, including former U.S. Senator Edward Gurney. Sadly, the judiciary offers Florida's citizens no comfort: the seven-man supreme court has been hit hardest by the scandals. Last week the third justice in little more than a year quit under a cloud, and a fourth may face impeachment. It was by far the worst series of court disgraces since 1965, when four members of the nine-judge Oklahoma supreme court were implicated in fixes and bribes.

Nothing has been revealed about Chief Justice Vassar B. Carlton's...

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