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    Oral Argument Schedule & Briefs

    March 6-10, 2006

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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, March 6, 2006

    Arrive early. Times & order of appearance are tentative and subject to change with no notice. Cases may be postponed due to exigent circumstances.

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    Place of Origin

    No arguments scheduled

     

     

     

     


    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Tuesday, March 7, 2006

    Arrive early. Times & order of appearance are tentative and subject to change with no notice. Cases may be postponed due to exigent circumstances.

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    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    No arguments scheduled:

    Legislature convenes 

     

     

     

     


    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, March 8, 2006

    Arrive early. Times & order of appearance are tentative and subject to change with no notice. Cases may be postponed due to exigent circumstances.

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     Time

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    Place of Origin

    Advisory Opinion to the Attorney General: Tobacco

    SC05-1897 | SC05-2098

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    9:00

    A citizens initiative that proposes a constitutional amendment for the November ballot is before the court, which will review it to see if it deals with a single subject only and is fairly summarized for voters. The amendment would require the state to dedicate a percentage of the settlement money it receives annually from the tobacco industry to an anti-smoking campaign. The amount would be $57 million the first year. The court will also consider the adequacy of the financial impact statement prepared by state analysts in the legislative and executive branches.

    Statewide impact

    Jason Looney v. State of Florida

    SC05-159

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    Approx. 9:40

    Mr. Looney was convicted of the July 1997 murders of Melanie King and Robin Keith Spears, who were fatally shot during a home robbery. A jury voted 10-2 to recommend death sentences for each murder and he was condemned. Both the verdict and the sentence were upheld on direct appeal to this Court and Mr. Looney filed an appeal in the trial court, which was rejected. He challenges that rejection in this appeal, arguing his trial attorney failed to present relevant testimony that might have resulted in a sentence of life rather than death.

    Wakulla County

    Franklin Nooe v. State of Florida

    SC05-514

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    Approx. 10:30

    Mr. Nooe was convicted of first-degree felony grand theft. The charge arose out of financial transactions at a rape crisis center during his tenure as executive director. The 5th District Court of Appeal reduced his conviction to second-degree felony grand theft, concluding the state had not proven the $100,000 threshold necessary for a first-degree felony conviction. In this appeal, Mr. Nooe seeks to get the conviction overturned. He argues the 5th District Court of Appeal decision conflicts with rulings by other district courts as well as the Supreme Court and that the language of the legal document describing the criminal charge did not give the state leeway to combine dozens of separate transactions over three and a half years into one charge. The state argues the issue was not preserved for appeal.

    Volusia County

    Theodore Rodgers, Jr. V. State of Florida

    SC04-1425

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    Approx. 11:10

    Mr. Rodgers was convicted of the murder of his wife, Florence Teresa Henderson, who was fatally shot. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend death and the trial judge condemned him. This is his direct appeal and he raises several issues, including an argument that he should not be sentenced to death because he is mentally retarded.

    Orange County

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, March 9, 2006

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    In re: Amendments to the Rules of Juvenile Procedure: Judicial Waiver of Parental Notification

    SC05-950

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    9:00

    The Supreme Court will consider comments on rules it adopted and forms it approved in June 2005 to handle requests for judicial bypass of Florida's new parental notice abortion law

    Statewide impact

    Earl Wyche v. State of Florida

    SC05-1509

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    Approx. 9:40

    Mr. Wyche was convicted of burglary of a structure, grand theft, and criminal mischief. At his trial, he tried to suppress DNA evidence, arguing police tricked him into agreeing to saliva swab by talking about other investigations. This, he argued, violated his constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure. The judge denied his motion and the 1st District Court of Appeal rejected his appeal. In his appeal to this Court, Mr. Wyche argues the ruling by the 1st DCA conflicts with a ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal. The state argues that suspects are not coerced when they are misled by police about what is being investigated.

    Columbia County

    Quawn M. Franklin v. State of Florida

    SC04-1267

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    Approx. 10:30

    Mr. Franklin was convicted of the murder of Jerry Lawley, a security guard for a box factory who was fatally shot a short time after giving Mr. Franklin directions. The jury voted unanimously to recommend a death sentence and he was condemned. This is his direct appeal and he raises several issues.

    Lake County

    Merrit Alonzo Sims v. State of Florida

    SC04-1879

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    Approx. 11:30

    Mr. Sims was convicted of the murder of Miami Springs police officer Charles Stafford in 1991. The jury vote 8-4 to recommend a death sentence, and the judge sentenced Sims to death.. His sentence and conviction were upheld by this Court on appeal, and the trial court denied his first motion for postconviction relief. Sims now appeals that denial. His appeal raises several issues concerning the quality of legal representation he received at trial.

    Miami-Dade County

     


    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, March 10, 2006

    Arrive early. Times & order of appearance are tentative and subject to change with no notice. Cases may be postponed due to exigent circumstances.

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    Facts & Issues

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    No cases scheduled