[SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA]
Oral Argument Press Summaries
March 1-5, 2004

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 1, 2004
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
No cases scheduled


Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Tuesday, March 2, 2004
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
No cases scheduled / Legislature Convenes


Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Wednesday, March 3, 2004
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
George Wallace Brown v. State of Florida

SC02-1787 | SC03-1240

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9:00 Brown was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the April 1990 murder of Horace D. Brown. His sentence was affirmed on appeal. He now challenges its validity. Polk County
Stephen Lloyd Osborne v. State of Florida

SC01-973

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Approx. 9:40 Stephen Osborne challenges the Fifth District Court of Appeals' reversal of his case. Initially, the trial court dismissed a petition against Osborne, seeking involuntary commitment under the Jimmy Ryce Act. The trial court dismissed the commitment proceedings because the State failed to bring the case to trial within thirty days of the probable cause finding, as required by state statute. The Fifth District reversed the trial court's ruling. Osborne seeks to have the Fifth District's decision quashed and he challenges the State's ability to initiate an appeal in his case. Brevard County
Ethel Thompson Sweitzer v. Dawn M. Thomas

SC03-165

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Approx. 10:30 This is a personal injury case from the Fifth District that expressly and directly conflicts with an opinion of the Second District on the issue of whether section 627.737(2), Florida Statutes, allows only those non-economic damages named in the statute or common law damages as well. Brevard County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Thursday, March 4, 2004
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Norberto Pietri v. State of Florida

SC02-2314 | SC03-1044

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9:00 Pietri was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the August 1988 murder of West Palm Beach police officer Brian Chappell. His sentence was affirmed on appeal. He now challenges its validity.  Palm Beach County
David Harris v. State of Florida

SC02-219

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Approx. 9:40 Harris was convicted for allegedly attacking a police officer during a police stop involving a search for contraband. The stop itself was later determined to be unlawful. He argued that he could not be convicted under the statute prohibiting battery of police officers during the lawful performance of their duties because the stop was itself unlawful. The trial court and the Fourth District Court of Appeal rejected this claim. St. Lucie County
State of Florida v. Marti Cassandra Raymond

SC03-1263

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Approx. 10:30 Raymond challenges the constitutionality of a Florida Statute, arguing that this provision is purely procedural and therefore violates the separation of powers clause of the Florida Constitution. The State defends the provision.  Miami-Dade County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Friday, March 5, 2004
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Michael Mordenti v. State of Florida

SC02-1159 | SC02-2643

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8:30 Mordenti was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the June 1989 murder of Thelma Royston. His sentence was affirmed on appeal. He now challenges its validity. Hillsborough County
State of Florida v. K.C.

SC03-1217

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Approx. 9:10 The circuit court committed K.C. to a moderate residential risk program for six months for criminal contempt charges. The Second District reversed the circuit court's order, concluding that this sanction is not authorized by law. The district court also certified conflict with a decision of the Fifth District to the extent that it held that commitment to a moderate risk program for criminal contempt is authorized under the law. Sarasota County


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