Judge Paul Hawkes to step down from First District Court of Appeal

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First District Court of Appeal Judge Paul Hawkes will step down Jan. 4, according to a resignation letter sent last week to Gov. Rick Scott, reports the News Service of Florida. Hawkes is resigning from the court ahead of an ethics trial before the state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission. Hawkes was accused of misconduct in connection with the building of the new 1st DCA building in Tallahassee.

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