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Former Senator to Speak on Florida Court Overhaul

Bob Graham, a former governor and U.S. senator from Florida, plans to speak out against a proposed overhaul of the state's Supreme Court at a news conference in Tallahassee.

Graham, four retired Supreme Court justices, the former presidents of The Florida Bar and the American Bar Association, and others will speak Thursday. They have formed a bipartisan group called Floridians for Fair and Impartial Courts.

House Speaker Dean Cannon supports bills that would increase the number of Supreme Court justices from seven to 10 and create two divisions of five judges each. One would be for criminal appeals and another for civil appeals.

The change to the Supreme Court requires amending the state constitution. That means it would have to be approved by 60 percent of voters before becoming effective.


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