Fla. Panel Passes Plan To Split State's Top Court

Law360 (April 26, 2011, 11:01 PM EDT) -- The Florida Senate budget committee signed off on a controversial amendment Monday that would add justices to the state Supreme Court and split it into civil and criminal divisions, in what opponents claim is a politically-motivated attempt to pack the courts.

The committee tacked the measure on to a proposed constitutional amendment that would make it easier for the state legislature to repeal court rules and voted 15-5 to send it to the senate floor.

The move was an attempt to appease the amendment's sponsor, state...
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