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    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 6, 2012

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    No cases scheduled

     

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    Robert Brian Waterhouse v. State of Florida

    SC12-107

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    9:00

    Mr. Waterhouse was convicted of the first-degree murder of Deborah Kammerer, who was beaten, raped and drowned in 1980. He was sentenced to death but this Court later vacated his sentence and ordered a new sentencing proceeding. Mr. Waterhouse again was sentenced to death. This Court upheld that death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Waterhouse lost subsequent postconviction challenges. His execution has been scheduled for Feb. 15. Mr. Waterhouse filed a successive motion for postconviction relief in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.

    Justice Quince is recused.

    Pinellas County

    Miguel Oyola v. State of Florids

    SC10-2285

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    Approx. 9:40
    Mr. Oyola was convicted of the first-degree murder of Michael Gerrard, who was fatally beaten and stabbed in 2007. The jury voted 9-3 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Oyola. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.
    Jefferson County

    Enoch D. Hall v. State of Florida

    SC10-182

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    Approx. 10:40
    Mr. Hall was convicted of the first-degree murder of Donna Fitzgerald, a corrections officer who was fatally stabbed in 2008 in the state prison where Mr. Hall was incarcerated. The jury voted unanimously to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Hall. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.

    Volusia County

    Anthony Kovaleski v. State of Florida

    SC09-536

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    Approx. 11:40
    Mr. Kovaleski was convicted of lewd and lascivious acts committed on and in the presence of a minor. The Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed his convictions, agreeing with Mr. Kovaleski that he was denied a public trial when the trial courtroom was partially closed during testimony from his accuser. On retrial, Mr. Kovaleski was again convicted. The 4th DCA upheld the conviction and Mr. Kovaleski asked this Court to review the case.
    Indian River County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    Emanuel Johnson v. State of Florida

    SC10-2008 | SC10-2219

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    9:00

    Mr. Johnson was convicted of the first-degree murders of Jackie McCahon, who was fatally stabbed in September 1988, and Iris White, who was fatally stabbed in October 1988. A jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence for the murder of Ms. McCahon and 8-4 to recommend a death sentence for the murder of Ms. White. The trial court condemned him to death in each case. This Court upheld both death sentences on direct appeal and Mr. Johnson filed post-conviction challenges in the trial court. They were denied and these appeals followed.

    Justice Quince is recused.

    Sarasota County

    John Lee Hampton v. State of Florida

    SC10-812

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    Approx. 9:40
    Mr. Hampton was convicted of the first-degree murder of Lashonda McKinnes, who was fatally beaten and stabbed in 2007. The jury voted 9-3 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.
    Pinellas County

    Julie Winslow v. School Board of Alachua County

    SC10-2459

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    Approx. 10:40
    Ms. Winslow sued the Alachua School Board after her 14-year-old daughter was injured in a traffic accident that took place while she was waiting for her school bus. The trial court dismissed the case and Ms. Winslow appealed to the First District Court of Appeal, which upheld the trial court's ruling. Ms. Winslow asked this Court to review the 1st DCA decision, which she argued conflicts with rulings by this Court and the Fourth District Court of Appeal.
    Alachua County

    Amos Augustus Williams v. State of Florids

    SC10-1458

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    Approx. 11:20
    Mr. Williams was convicted of attempted second-degree murder in an attack on Samantha Lindsay, who suffered several serious stab wounds. He appealed, arguing the jury was given improper instructions for attempted voluntary manslaughter resulting in fundamental error. The Fourth District Court of Appeal rejected that argument, certified a conflict with the First District Court of Appeal and asked this Court to review the issue as one of great public importance.
    St. Lucie County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    In re: Amendments to Rules of Criminal Procedure

    SC11-1679

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    9:00

    The Florida Supreme Court's Criminal Court Steering Committee and the Subcommittee on Postconviction Relief have proposed changes to various rules dealing with postconviction proceedings. For example, the proposals would change rules dealing with when and how defendants can withdraw pleas or ask for corrections to their credits for jail time. The proposals would also change filing requirements and deadlines in postconviction challenges.

    Statewide impact

    State of Florida v. Richard T. Catalano

    SC11-1166

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    Approx. 10:00
    Mr. Catalano and another man were cited in separate incidents with violating a state law that bans loud car stereos. Both men challenged the constitutionality of the law, arguing it was vague, invited arbitrary enforcement and impinged on their right to free speech. The circuit court agreed and invalidated the law. The Second District Court of Appeal upheld that decision. This appeal followed.
    Pinellas County

    Estate of Michelle Evette McCall v. United States of America

    SC11-1148

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    Approx. 10:40
    Ms. McCall died after giving birth to a son while under the care of medical personnel with the U.S. Air Force. Her parents and the father of her child sued for medical malpractice and won damages. But the judge reduced the award for non-economic damages because of a cap in Florida law. Ms. McCall's family challenged the constitutionality of the law limiting non-economic damages.
    Okaloosa County

    Eric Edenfield v. State of Florida

    SC10-2146

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    Approx. 11:20
    Mr. Edenfield was arrested on charges of driving under the influence. At his first court appearance later that day, he waived his right to an attorney and entered a no contest plea. But a few weeks later, Mr. Edenfield tried to withdraw his plea, arguing the trial court had not adequately assessed his waiver of counsel before permitting it. His motion was denied. The First District Court of Appeal ruled the trial court had acted properly when it allowed Mr. Edenfield to waive his right to counsel. Mr. Edenfield asked this Court to review the case.
    Duval County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, February 10, 2012

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    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    Cedric Tyrone Smallwood v. State of Florida

    SC11-1130

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    10:00

    Mr. Smallwood was convicted of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and sentenced to 65 years in prison. He argued his Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures was violated when the police searched the photos on his cell phone without a warrant. His motion to suppress was denied at trial. Later, the First District Court of Appeal upheld the search of the cell phone, but certified the question as one of great public importance for this Court's review.

    Duval County

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    In re: Joint Resolution of Apportionment

    SC12-1

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    9:00

    In this case, the Court must review and approve changes to the state legislative districts.

    Statewide impact