House budget proposal cuts Supreme Court's lawyers in half, eliminates Innocence Commission

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House Speaker Dean Cannon said Thursday that a House budget proposal that would cut the number of attorneys who work at the Supreme Court in half wasn? part of his effort to rein in a court he says has overstepped its bounds in recent years, but a realistic idea in a year when the state is nearly $4 billion in the hole, reports the News Service of Florida. ?bsolutely not,?Cannon said. ?n our budget we don? send messagesIe?e trying to meet their needs.?There are 30 staff attorneys who work for the seven justices of the Supreme Court. The House budget would cut that to 14, saving the state $1.1 million. The House has also proposed to eliminate funding for the Innocence Commission, which is looking into how wrongful convictions happen.

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