TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A new $48 million state courthouse, derided by some as a "Taj Mahal," is being built in Tallahassee while most Florida courts are facing budget cuts.
The St. Petersburg Times reported Monday that each judge will get a mahogany trimmed, 60-inch flat screen television, private bathroom with granite countertops and a kitchen in the 1st District Court of Appeal's building.
It's expected to be completed in November.
When then-Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred Lewis found out about a "behind-the-scenes" deal to build the facility in 2007 he tried to get Gov. Charlie Crist to veto it, but to no avail.
Chief District Judge Paul Hawkes defended the project, saying it's "a nice-looking building at a bargain price."