[SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA]
Oral Argument Press Summaries
March 4-8, 2002

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, March 4, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
North Florida Women's Health & Counseling Services, Inc. v. State of Florida

SC01-843

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9:00 The Florida Parental Notice of Abortion Act requires that parents be notified that their child is seeking an abortion, with some exceptions. Various organizations sued, and the trial court declared the statute unconstitutional. On appeal, the First District Court reversed. Statewide impact

Leon County

Rickey Bernard Roberts v. State of Florida

SC92,496

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Approx. 9:40 Roberts was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the June 1984 murder of George Napoles. His sentence was affirmed on appeal. Later, he challenged his sentence, and the trial court vacated his death penalty and ordered a new sentencing hearing. Both he and the State appeal. Dade County
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida, Inc. v. Angela Steck

SC01-464

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Approx. 10:30 In June 1997 Steck walked in front of an automobile, suffering serious injuries. Her blood alcohol at the time of the accident was determined to be very high. She later sued her insurer Blue Cross for failing to cover costs of her medical care, but it argued that injuries due to drunkenness were excluded by the policy. The trial court eventually agreed in part with Steck. On appeal, the Second District affirmed on grounds that drunkenness exclusions only apply to the direct effects of alcohol on biological systems of the body, not indirect injuries caused by accidents. Hillsborough County
Norman Mearle Grim, Jr. v. State of Florida

SC01-256

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Approx. 11:10 Grim was charged with the July 1998 murder of Cynthia Campbell, whose body later was found in the water near a fishing bridge in Pensacola. He was convicted and then waived his right to present mitigating evidence tending to show why he should not be sentenced to death. The jury recommended the death penalty 12-to-0, which the trial court imposed. Santa Rosa County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Tuesday, March 5, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Alvin Mazourek v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

SC01-663

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9:00 Wal-Mart challenged the Hernando County property appraiser's method of assessing for ad valorem taxation purposes Wal-Mart's tangible personal property. The trial court agreed with the property appraiser, but the Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed, finding that the property appraiser should not have included within the calculation of valuation the sales tax paid by Wal-Mart.  Hernando County
Marc James Asay v. Michael W. Moore

SC01-2371

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Approx. 9:40 Asay was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the July 1987 murders of Robert Lee Booker and Robert McDowell. His convictions and sentences were affirmed on appeal. He now challenges their validity. Duval County
Allstate Indemnity Co. v. Joaquin Ruiz

SC01-893

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Approx. 10:30 The Ruizes sued Allstate over a claim arising from a traffic accident. During pretrial discovery, they demanded copies of a number of documents that Allstate contended were privileged. The trial court rejected Allstate's claim, but the Fourth District reversed in part. Broward County
Roger Stewart Harris v. State of Florida

SC00-1598

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Approx. 11:10 Harris was charged with the December 1998 murder of his wife Donna Harris. At trial, the jury convicted him and recommended the death penalty 7-to-5. The trial court sentenced him to die. This is his direct appeal.  Columbia County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Wednesday, March 6, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Metissia Ricks v. Rene Loyola, M.D.

SC01-793

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9:00 Ricks sued medical care providers after a surgical procedure allegedly left her with permanent damage to an arm The damage was discovered by Loyola. Ricks later sued Loyola and others, but Loyola contended he had merely discovered the problem and had not caused it. At trial, the jury found in favor of Loyola, but the trial judge granted a new trial due to an error in the case. The Fourth District Court reversed and ordered the jury verdict reinstated. St. Lucie County
Floyd Thomas Robertson v. State of Florida

SC01-890

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Approx. 9:40 Robertson was charged with the September 1996 murder of his girlfriend Maria Nelson in an apartment they shared. He contended he was handling a gun that accidentally fired, by the State argued the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute. The jury convicted Robertson of second-degree murder, and the trial judge sentenced him to life in prison. The full panel of the Third District Court later affirmed, but several judges dissented on grounds that the State had improperly introduced evidence that Robertson had threatened his former wife with a gun. Dade County
Randall Scott Jones v. State of Florida

SC00-1492SC01-2424

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Approx. 10:30 Jones was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the July 1987 murders of Matthew Paul Brock and Kelly Lynn Perry near the Rodman Dam. After resentencing, his capital convictions and sentences were affirmed on appeal. He now challenges their validity. Putnam County
Elizabeth L. Davis v. Helen K. Monahan

SC01-1157

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Approx. 11:10 Monahan sued her sister and niece for damages arising from their alleged wrongful taking of a variety of her assets. The niece, Davis, contended she had only used Monahan's assets as Monahan directed. She also contended that the statute of limitations had expired on Monahan's claim, though Monahan countered that she did not discover the alleged takings for several years. The trial court ruled in favor of Davis, but the Fourth District Court reversed. Broward County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Thursday, March 7, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Florida Dep't of Revenue v. Kelvin M. Jackson

SC01-913SC01-914

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9:00 This case involves two fathers who, while under court orders to make child support payments, were incarcerated for criminal activity. Each filed a motion to reduce or suspend their support payments until their release from prison due to an inability to pay them. The trial court granted their request, and the Fifth District Court affirmed but recognized that its ruling was in conflict with a decision of another district court of appeal.  Marion County
Integrated Health Care Services, Inc. v. Pauline Lang-Redway

SC01-792

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N/A Removed from calendar 3/4/2002 Pinellas County
State ex rel. Robert A. Butterworth v. Bill Jennings

SC01-1587

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Approx. 9:40 Attorneys for the three Capital Collateral Regional offices, on behalf of their death-sentenced clients, have filed challenges to non-capital cases for which their clients also were convicted. The attorneys contend that these challenges are necessary because their clients' death sentences were based in part on these earlier convictions. Attorney General Bob Butterworth petitioned the Court to prohibit CCRC attorneys from filing these challenges on grounds they are only authorized to represent their clients in capital cases. Escambia County

Sumter County

Broward County

Marbel Mendoza v. State of Florida

SC01-735SC01-1963

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Approx. 10:30 Mendoza was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the March 1992 murder of Conrado Calderon. His conviction and sentence were affirmed on appeal. He now challenges their validity. Dade County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Friday, March 8, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
United Services Automobile Ass'n v. Evelyn Goodman

SC01-1700SC01-1710SC01-1797SC01-1814

SC01-1886SC01-1887SC01-1913SC01-1980

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8:30 Some insurance companies' attorneys use letterheads and other materials identifying them as though they were a law firm even though they only work for the insurer. Circuit Judge Paul Siegel entered an order in July 2001 prohibiting in-house counsel for insurers from using firm names in his division. The insurance companies petitioned this Court to order Judge Siegel to vacate this order. Dade County



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