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Oral Argument Press Summaries
February 7-11, 2005

The following summaries are drawn from briefs and lower court judgments. They are meant to provide a general idea of facts and issues presented in cases, and should not be considered official court documents. Facts and issues presented in these summaries should be checked for accuracy against records and briefs, available from the Court, which provide more specific information.

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Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Monday, February 7, 2005

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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
No cases scheduled

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Tuesday, February 8, 2005

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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Thomas Knight v. State of Florida

SC03-631 | SC04-1366

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9:00 Knight was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the murders of Lillian and Sydney Gans. His sentences were affirmed on appeal. He now challenges their validity. Miami-Dade County
The Florida Bar v. Daryl James Brown

SC02-2563

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Approx. 9:40 Brown was charged with ethical breaches associated with a real estate dispute in Colorado. The referee has recommended that he be suspended from the practice of law for six months and pay costs. The Florida Bar asks that he be suspended for two years. Sarasota County
Thomas McKean v. Peter Warburton

SC04-1243

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Approx. 10:10 This cases involves a dispute over a will stating an intent to devise specific amounts of money to individuals when the estate was worth less than the total of these sums. Indian River County
Ernest Tillman v. State of Florida

SC02-717

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Approx. 10:50 While attending a neighbor's party, Tillman was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a police officer and resisting arrest with violence. This occurred after an off-duty officer drove past the party, heard loud music, and saw people drinking out-of-doors. He stopped to investigate and called in other officers. One of the officers stopped and frisked Tillman, and the two soon were in a fight. Tillman was convicted of the charges but, on appeal, alleges that he should not have been convicted because police officers had unlawfully stopped and searched him. Orange County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Taurus Holdings v. United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co.

SC04-771

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9:00 Taurus manufactures and distributes firearms, and is facing more than 30 lawsuits by cities, states, and individuals attempting to recover damages allegedly caused by Taurus' weapons. Taurus contended that its insurers were required to defend these suits. The federal district court ruled they were not, and on appeal, the U.S. Eleventh District Court of Appeals certified the question to the Florida Supreme Court. Miami-Dade County
William Duane Elledge v. State of Florida

SC03-1201 | SC04-998

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Approx. 9:40 Elledge was sentenced to death in March 1975 for the murder of Margaret Anne Strack. His sentence was overturned three times because of defects in the proceedings. He now challenges the validity of his death sentence and also argues that spending nearly thirty years on death row is cruel and unusual punishment. Broward County
Robert Eugene Hendrix v. State of Florida

SC04-54 | SC04-1641

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Approx. 10:30 Hendrix was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the August 1990 murders of Elmer and Michelle Scott. His sentence was affirmed on appeal. He now challenges its validity. Lake County
State of Florida v. Alfredie Steele

SC04-802

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Approx. 11:10 Steele was being tried for murder when his attorney argued that Florida's death penalty statute violates the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Ring v. Arizona. The trial court disagreed, but then ordered that the state must provide the defense with notice about all aggravating factors it intends to prove in the penalty phase. It also ordered that jury members be given a special jury verdict form to indicate each aggravating factor they might find and the jury vote on each. On appeal, the Second District found that the required notice by the state violated the essential requirements of the law while the special verdict form did not. Recognizing the potential statewide impact of its ruling, the Second District also certified the questions to the Florida Supreme Court. Pasco County

Statewide impact



Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Thursday, February 10, 2005

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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Amendments to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar & the Rules of Judicial Administration

SC04-135

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9:00 Under current Court Rules, out-of-state lawyers cannot practice in Florida except in limited circumstances. The proposal before the Court would relax the current restrictions somewhat. Statewide impact
Albert Holland v. State of Florida

SC03-1033 | SC04-34

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Approx. 10:30 Holland was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the July 1990 murder of Pompano Beach police officer Scott Winters. His first conviction was reversed on appeal because of errors. At his new trial, he again was convicted and sentenced to death. This sentence was affirmed on appeal. Holland now challenges its validity. Broward County
William Frederick Happ v. State of Florida

SC03-1890

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Approx. 11:10 Happ was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the May 1986 murder of Angela Crawley. His sentence was affirmed on appeal. He later challenged its validity, and in 2000 the Florida Supreme Court remanded the case to the trial court on certain issues. Citrus County


Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Friday, February 11, 2005

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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
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