Tallahassee, FL (AP) -
The news media has received a sneak peak at what critics are calling Florida's "Taj Mahal" courthouse.
State and construction officials, though, stressed its energy efficiency during a guided tour Monday, November 29 of the massive building that
will house the 1st District Court of Appeal.
By all appearances, it lived up to its opulent billing.
Each of the 15 judges will have a suite complete with a
bathroom, spacious kitchen and three clerks' offices.
It is filled with etched glass, granite counter and desk tops and mahogany-like sepele, an African wood also used for interior trim in Cadillacs.
Criticism of the building led to the 1st District's chief judge
stepping down seven months early, although he remains on the court.
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