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Judge Lexie Louge Parks a profile (1891-1975)
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1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;
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Buck, Morison
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Morison Buck
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Judges -- Biography -- Florida -- Hillsborough County   ( lcsh )

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Originally published as part of the "Chips off the Old Bench" column: Tampa, Fla. : Hillsborough County, 1998, Lawyer under title:
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C h i p s O f f T h e O l d B e n c h Ju d ge L e xi e L ou ge P ar k s : A P r of i l e ( 1891 1975) I t a i n't a t ow n a nd i t a i n't a c i t y. S o goe s t he ope ni ng s t a nz a of a nove l t y t une ye a r s ba c k. T he c om pos e r m i ght ha ve ha d L ync hbur g, T e nne s s e e i n m i nd. L ync hbur g, l yi ng w i t hi n t he e a s t e r n hi ghl a nd r i m of t he V ol unt e e r S t a t e i s a bout 68 m i l e s s out he a s t of N a s hvi l l e a nd, i n gol f l i ngo, a m e di um i r on nor t h of F a ye t t e vi l l e G o m uc h f ur t he r s out h a nd you'l l f i nd you r s e l f i n A l a ba m a L ync hbur g i s be s t know n a s t he bi r t hpl a c e of J a c k D a ni e l s D i s t i l l e r y, pr oduc e r of t he w hi s ke y pr e f e r r e d by m a ny f us s y bour bon dr i nke r s I t 's be e n i n c ont i nuous ope r a t i on s i nc e 1866. E ve n t hough L ync hbur g i s c ount y s e a t of M oor e C ount y, i t i s s o s m a l l t ha t t he 1996 M a r t i nda l e H ubbe l l d i r e c t or y l i s t s not on e l a w ye r i n p r a c t i c e t he r e O ne of L ync hbur g's l e s s e r know n e xpor t s w a s a buddi ng young l a w ye r w i t h t he unc om m on gi ve n na m e of L e xi e H e a l w a ys us e d hi s i ni t i a l s a nd w a s ne ve r know n t o ha ve s i gne d hi s na m e ot he r w i s e A l w a ys he w a s L L P a r ks H e w a s bor n i n L ync hbur g i n 1891 e m i g r a t e d t o F l or i da a nd w a s a dm i t t e d t o pr a c t i c e l a w i n 1914 F o r ni ne ye a r s he w a s a s s oc i a t e d w i t h T M S ha c kl e f or d J r I n t he f i r m o f S ha c kl e f o r d & P a r ks I n 1923, a t a ge 32 he w a s a ppoi nt e d C i r c ui t J udge i n t hi s C i r c ui t one of t h e younge s t e ve r t o be s o hono r e d i n F l or i da S e r vi ng c ont i nuo us l y f or a l m os t 37 ye a r s he w a s l a ude d e di t or i a l l y upon r e t i r e m e nt by bot h t he T am pa T r i b une a nd T am pa T i m e s H e w a s e l e c t e d P r e s i de nt of t he T a m pa B a r A s s oc i a t i on i n 1931. S o f a r a s i s know n, h e w a s r e e l e c t e d a s j udge f or s uc c e s s i v e t e r m s w i t hout oppos i t i on, but hi s publ i c s e r vi c e w a s not w i t hout c ont r ove r s y. F o r e xa m pl e i n 1932 i n a l a w s ui t br ought by H i l l s bor ough C ount y a ga i ns t W B D i c ke ns on, p r om i ne nt T a m pa l a w ye r a nd ot he r s de f e nda nt s m ove d t o di s qua l i f y P a r ks T he m ot i on a l l e ge d t ha t be c a us e pl a i nt i f f 's pr i nc i pa l w i t ne s s w a s T M S ha c kl e f or d, J r c l os e f r i e nd a nd f o r m e r a s s oc i a t e of t he j udge ( P e t e r O K ni ght w a s a p r i m e w i t ne s s f or de f e nda nt s ) J udge P a r ks w oul d be bi a s e d i n f a vor o f t he c ount y. T he m ot i o n w a s de ni e d but on a ppe a l t he S upr e m e C our t he l d t ha t i f t he t e c hni c a l r e qui r e m e nt s f or di s qua l i f i c a t i on ha d be e n m e t ( t he y ha d) t he j udge s houl d ha ve r e c us e d hi m s e l f T he opi ni on a ppe a r s i n 140 S o. 459. I n 1953, a not he r c ont r e t e m p s i nvol vi ng J udge P a r k s a nd a l a w ye r S a m B uc kl e w ( now de c e a s e d) c a m e a bout w he n t he J udge w a s a c c us e d of be i ng s o pr e j udi c e d a nd a nt a goni s t i c t o t he l a w ye r t ha t hi s c l i e nt w a s c ons e que nt l y de ni e d f a i r t r e a t m e nt P a r ks e nt e r e d a n or de r que s t i oni ng t he s uf f i c i e nc y of t he m ot i on t o d i s qua l i f y but not e d t ha t B uc kl e w ha d pr e va i l e d i n a l l t he c a s e s w he n h e c l a i m e d he ha d s uf f e r e d pr e j u di c e T he j udge c onc e de d t ha t he ha d r e pr i m a nde d B uc kl e w i n t r i a l f or c ons i s t e nt l y r e pe a t i ng or e c hoi ng t he a ns w e r s of hi s w i t ne s s e s t o hi s ow n qu e s t i ons T he i s s ue w a s r e s ol ve d w he n t he j udge t r a ns f e r r e d t he c a s e t o D i vi s i on B ( J udge T i l l m a n ) I n 1959, a P i ne l l a s C ount y ne i ghbor o f J udge a nd M r s P a r ks br ought a n a c t i on s e e ki ng t o ba r P a r ks f r om vot i ng i n a l oc a l e l e c t i on be c a us e t he y w e r e a l l e ge dl y not f ul l

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t i m e r e s i de nt s ( T he P a r ks m a i nt a i ne d a n a pa r t m e n t i n T a m pa ) J udge L e a ve ngood of t he 6t h C i r c ui t r ul e d t ha t J udge a nd M r s P a r ks ha d vot e d i l l e ga l l y i n t he t ow n's l a s t e l e c t i on. J udge P a r ks w a s quot e d a s s a yi ng he be l i e ve d L e a ve ngood's de c i s i on w oul d be ove r t ur ne d on a ppe a l I t w a s SO M E R E C O L L E C T I O N A N D R E F L E C T I O N S R E G A R D I N G P A R K S J R e t i r e d J udge J a m e s P C a l houn r e c a l l s t ha t he w a s be f or e J udge P a r ks on a l a bor r e l a t i ons m a t t e r oppos e d by t he l a t e C J H a r de e J r C a l houn c i t e d a F l o r i da S up r e m e C our t opi ni on t ha t w a s s om e w ha t a pt bu t not di r e c t l y on poi nt r e ga r di ng t he i s s ue H a r de e t he n c i t e d a U S S upr e m e C our t c a s e t ha t w a s pr e c i s e l y di s pos i t i ve of t he que s t i on, a nd i t f a vor e d H a r de e 's s i de J udge P a r ks r e por t e dl y t hou ght a bi t t he n s a i d, B oys I 've c ons i de r e d bot h c a s e s t ha t ha ve be e n c i t e d, but be c a us e I 'm a s t a t e a nd not a f e de r a l j udge I 'm goi ng t o s i de w i t h M r C a l houn on t hi s one W m R e e c e S m i t h, J r E s q. t e l l s t ha t he a nd T r ue t t O t t t r i e d a n a ut om ob i l e a c c i de nt c a s e be f or e J udge P a r ks T r ue t t r e pr e s e nt e d pl a i nt i f f a nd R e e c e t he de f e nda nt D ur i ng a n i m por t a nt pa r t of pl a i nt i f f 's c a s e i n c hi e f J udge P a r ks i nt e r r upt e d a nd a s ke d t he l a w ye r s t o a ppr oa c h t he be nc h. T he r e he s a i d s om e t hi ng t o t hus e f f e c t B oys I j us t r e m e m be r e d t om or r ow i s t he ope ni ng o f t he hunt i ng s e a s on. Y o u don't w a nt t o be t r yi ng a c a s e t he n, do you? B e f or e t he l a w ye r s c oul d r e c ove r t he j ud ge t ur ne d t o t he j u r y a nd s a i d, M e m be r s of t he j ur y, t he C our t w i l l s t a nd i n r e c e s s unt i l ne xt M o nda y. J udge P a r ks t he n l e f t t he be nc h, a s s um e d t o be he a di ng t o t he G ul f H a m m oc k w he r e he l i ke d t o hunt T ha t oc c ur r e d on a T ue s da y or W e dne s da y a nd t hu s t he r e w a s a l ong br e a k i n t he t r i a l T he r e i s no r e c or d o f a n a ppe a l f r om t he j udge 's de c i s i on t o po s t pone t he c a s e L e l a nd H a w e s hi s t or i a n a nd popul a r f e a t ur e w r i t e r f or t he T am pa T r i bune r e m e m be r s J udge P a r ks f r om t he f or m e r 's r e por t or i a l ye a r s c ove r i ng t he c ou r t hous e S a ys L e l a nd, H e w a s n't ve r y w a r m o r f r i e ndl y w i t h ne w s pa pe r r e por t e r s O n a pe r s ona l not e ha vi ng t r i e d a l i m i t e d num be r of j ur y a nd non j ur y c a s e s be f or e J udge P a r ks i n t he pr e s e nt C our t hous e a s w e l l a s t he ol d one I f ound J udge P a r ks t o be a t a c i t ur n, unp r e t e nt i ous m a n w i t h t he e xpe r i e nc e a n d i nna t e a bi l i t y t o s e pa r a t e t he w he a t f r om t he c ha f f a nd t o l ook a t a nd l i s t e n t o a w i t ne s s a nd de t e r m i ne w he t he r o r not he w a s t e l l i ng t he t r ut h. S om e one ha s s a i d t ha t i f a j udge c a n ge t t he f a c t s r i ght t he n t he l a w w i l l t a ke c a r e of i t s e l f m os t of t he t i m e I be l i e ve t ha t 's w he r e J udge P a r k s e xc e l l e d. L L P a r ks di e d A ugus t 1 1975 T oda y, t he r e a r e t h i r t y f i ve po r t r a i t s of t hi s C i r c ui t s r e t i r e d j udge s ha ngi ng on t he w a l l s of C our t R oom O ne J u dge P a r ks s e r ve d l on ge r t ha n a ny o f t he m M or i s on B uc k


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