It is a small good thing that Court administrators have canceled their no-bid development deal in the wake of the Inquirer's report on the matter last week. It would be a better thing if, as the Daily News requested on Monday, the attorney at the center of the kerfuffle would return the money he's been paid (whether the courts will seek to recover any remains up in the air), and it would be a better thing still if taxpayer money weren't treated with such carelessness in the first place. The money wasted on the Family Court building could have gone to reduce a social worker's caseload (or paid for additional training for him, or toward future pension payments, or back into taxpayers pockets ... any number of places!).

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