[SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA]
Oral Argument Press Summaries
January 7-9, 15, & 29, 2002

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Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Monday, January 7, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar

SC01-1509

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9:00 The Florida Bar petitions the Court to make changes in the rules governing the legal profession. Statewide impact
Matthew Marshall v. State of Florida

SC00-1186

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Approx. 9:40 Marshall was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the November 1988 murder of fellow inmate Jeffrey Henry in Martin Correctional Institute. His sentence was affirmed on appeal. He now challenges its validity. Martin County
Orange County v. Costco Wholesale Corp.

SC01-382

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Approx. 10:30 Costco and other liquor vendors filed suit challenging an Orange County zoning ordinance prohibiting any vendor from opening a new store within 5,000 feet of an existing liquor store. Orange County contended that the separation requirement was meant to disperse liquor stores rather than let them become concentrated in "combat zones." The trial court upheld the ordinance, but the Fifth District Court reversed on appeal, finding that the only plausible purpose underlying the ordinance was to create zones in which established stores would have a virtual monopoly. Orange County
Ronald Lee Bell, Jr. v. State of Florida

SC00-1185

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Approx. 11:10 Bell and others were charged with the February 1999 murder of Cordell S. Richards. He was tried and convicted, and the jury recommended the death penalty 12-to-0. The trial judge agreed. This is Bell's direct appeal. Okaloosa County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Tuesday, January 8, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
John C. Marquard v. State of Florida

SC00-253 and SC00-1540

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9:00 Marquard was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the June 1991 murder of Stacey Willets. His sentence was affirmed on appeal. He now challenges it validity. St. John's County
Joseph Cephas v. Mark J. Letzter, M.D.

SC01-374

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Approx. 9:40 Cephas was diagnosed with diabetes in 1990, and a doctor later discovered he had a gangrenous toe. The doctor allegedly failed to amputate the toe, resulting in infection and the partial loss of a foot. A second doctor allegedly neglected to follow up with necessary medical care after surgey, resulting in the loss of the leg below the knee. Both physicians were found partially at fault by a jury, which awarded Cephas $1.8 million. This case involves how that fault should be apportioned. Palm Beach County
Louis B. Gaskin v. State of Florida

SC00-2025

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Approx. 10:30 Gaskins was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the December 1989 murders of Robert and Georgette Sturmfels. His sentences were affirmed on appeal. He now challenges their validity. Volusia County
Harry Franklin Phillips v. State of Florida

SC00-2248 and SC01-1460

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Approx. 11:30 Phillips was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the August 1982 murder of Bjorn Thomas Svenson near the Parole & Probation Building in Miami. His sentence was affirmed on appeal. He now challenges it validity. Dade County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Wednesday, January 9, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Allen Ward Cox v. State of Florida

SC00-1751

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9:00 Cox was charged with the December 1998 murder of fellow inmate Thomas M. Baker, Jr., in Lake Correctional Institute. A jury found him guilty and recommended the death penalty 10-to-2. The trial judge imposed it. This is his direct appeal. Lake County
Loretta Reed v. State of Florida

SC01-1238

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Approx. 10:00 Reed was accused of several charges related to child abuse. She was convicted following a jury instruction that failed to inform the jury about a disputed element of the crime. The judge sentenced her to 107 and ½ months in prison. On appeal, the State conceded error, but the First District rejected this concession and affirmed. Columbia County
Richard Bryant Weddell v. State of Florida

SC01-751

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Approx. 10:40 Weddell was tried and convicted of dealing in stolen property taken from Eastern Shipbuilders, Inc. The judge sentenced him as a habitual felony offender to 25 years in prison. On appeal, the First District affirmed Weddell's conviction but also ruled that a standard jury instruction was not legally correct. Weddell now challenges the validity of his conviction, while the State challenges the ruling on the jury instruction. Bay County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Tuesday, January 15, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Amos Lee King, Jr. v. State of Florida

SC68,631 and SC02-1 and SC02-2

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9:00 King was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the March 18, 1977, murder of Natalie Brady. His sentence was affirmed on appeal. The Governor has now issued a death warrant for King, to be executed at 6 p.m., January 24, 2002. Pinellas County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Tuesday, January 29, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Larry Bottoson v. State of Florida

SC60,708

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9:00 Bottoson was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the December 29, 1979, murder of Catherine Willie Alexander. His sentence was affirmed on appeal. The Governor has now issued a death warrant for Bottoson, to be executed at 6 p.m. February 5, 2002. Orange County



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