TALLAHASSEE — A grand jury will consider a citizen’s complaint about what critics are calling a “Taj Mahal” courthouse being built in Tallahassee.
State Attorney Willie Meggs told the St. Petersburg Times on Wednesday that he’ll ask the panel to look into the matter when it meets Sept. 29.
Meggs declined to identify the citizen who complained about the $48 million building. It will house the 15-member 1st District Court of Appeal.
Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis says he tried without success to get Gov. Charlie Crist to veto the ornate structure in 2007 after learning of a “behind-the-scenes” deal between appeal judges and lawmakers to build it.
Crist says he doesn’t recall the request from Lewis, who then was chief justice.
— Associated Press