Rod Smith blasts GOP move to divide Supreme Court

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Tallahassee

Florida Democratic Party Chair Rod Smith visited a meeting of the Senate Democratic Caucus Wednesday morning, ostensibly to give an update on the latest issues with Amendments 5 & 6, the measures that would allow for fairer drawing of legislative and congressional districts in Florida.

But he saved his strongest feelings when giving his opinion about the plan by House Speaker Dean Cannon to break up the current seven-member Supreme Court and create two Courts of five Justices each, one for criminal, and one for civil cases.

"This is a change that is the result of one guy being mad over one circumstance, and that was the failure of 7 & 8 to pass muster," Smith snarled, referring to the perception that Cannon is proposing the measure because of his anger that the Court last year threw out two proposed constitutional amendments that the Legislature was backing.