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Leander Shaw To Lay In State


The body of Leander Shaw, the Florida Supreme Court’s first African American Chief Justice, will lay in state in the court rotunda next week.

Saw died Monday at the age of 85, and accolades immediately poured in. He was only the second African American on the court.

Appointed in 1983 by then-Governor Bob Graham, Shaw was forced to step down in 2003 when he reached the mandatory retirement age. During segregation, Shaw took his bar exam in a Miami hotel that denied him a room.

The ceremony is between 11 am and 1 and is open to the public.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.