10/08/08 - Symbol of judge's alma mater stands tall in courthouse


Two Seminoles stood facing each other on the fourth floor of the new courthouse in Flagler County. One was Circuit Judge Kim C. Hammond, a star quarterback who led the Florida State University Seminoles to victories. The other was a life-size statue, which evidence suggests is of Osceola, a Seminole leader who led the tribe in battles against the U.S. Army in Florida. "I have a partiality to Osceola and his history that is almost sacred ground for a Seminole from Florida State," Hammond said before walking out of his courtroom to look at the statue.