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    Oral Argument Schedule & Briefs

    March 9-13, 2009

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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 9, 2009

    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

     

     

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Tuesday, March 10, 2009

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

    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections v. Kurt S. Browning

    SC07-2074

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    9:00

    In 2006, voters in Sarasota approved an amendment to their county charter requiring paper ballots in elections. Florida Secretary of State Browning and the Board of County Commissioners argued that the county amendment was totally preempted by state election regulations and was thus unconstitutional. The Second District Court of Appeal agreed. The 2nd DCA also asked this Court to rule whether local ordinances dealing with the counting, recounting, auditing, canvassing and certifying of votes were preempted by the Florida Election Code. Justice Canady is recused.

    Sarasota County

    Paul William Scott v. State of Florida

    SC07-1734

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    N/A

    Removed from calendar and rescheduled for June

    Palm Beach County

    In re: Amendments to Florida Rules of Civil Procedure – Management of Cases Involving Complex Litigation

    SC08-1141

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    Approx. 9:40

    The Task Force on the Management of Cases Involving Complex Litigation is asking the Court to adopt a proposed rule that would define 'complex' cases. The rule would identify factors to use in designating complex cases and would establish procedures for managing such cases, including expediting the setting of a trial date and scheduling case management conferences, reports, and orders. The Task Force is also asking the Court to change the civil cover sheet, a form that people filing lawsuits must fill out.

    Statewide impact

    The Florida Bar v. Barry Roy Nager

    SC07-2085 | SC08-387

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    N/A Removed from calendar Seminole County

    Ricardo I. Gill v. State of Florida

    SC06-1572

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    Approx. 10:30 Mr. Gill pled guilty to the first-degree murder of Orlando Rosello, who was strangled in their prison cell in 2001. He waived his right to a jury and was condemned to death by the trial court. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues. Union County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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

    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    Systems Components Corp. V. Department of Transportation

    SC08-1507

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    9:00

    Systems Components was forced to relocate its operations after the Florida Department of Transportation petitioned to condemn its property in order to widen State Road 40. Systems Components and FDOT disagreed over how the business damages owed to the company should be measured. The trial court determined that Systems Components should receive its actual damages rather than the total value of the company. The Fifth District Court of Appeal upheld the trial court and certified conflict with a prior decision of the Fourth District Court of Appeal. This appeal followed.

    Marion County

    In Re: Florida Rules of Civil Procedure for Involuntary Commitment of Sexually Violent Predators

    SC08-998

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    Approx. 9:40

    The Criminal Court Steering Committee is asking the Court to approve proposed rules dealing with the involuntary commitment of sexually violent predators. The comprehensive set of recommended rules is based on Florida Rules of Civil Procedure. The committee adapted those existing rules to deal with the unique issues involved in use of the state law that requires the ongoing commitment of sexually violent predators after completion of their prison sentences.

    Statewide impact

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, March 12, 2009

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

    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    Leonardo Franqui v. State of Florida

    SC05-830

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    9:00

    Mr. Franqui was convicted of the first-degree murder of Raul Lopez, who was fatally shot in 1991. The jury voted 9-3 to recommend a death sentence and he was condemned. This Court upheld the death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Franqui filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed. He raises various issues.

    Miami-Dade County

    John F. Mosley v. State of Florida

    SC06-1408

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    Aprox. 9:40 Mr. Mosley was convicted of the 2004 murders of Lynda Wilkes and her infant son, Jay-Quan Mosley. Ms. Wilkes was strangled and the 10-month-old baby was suffocated. The jury recommended a life sentence for the murder of Ms. Wilkes and, by a vote of 8-4, a death sentence for the murder of Jay-Quan. The trial court followed those recommendations. This is Mr. Mosley's direct appeal of his convictions for first-degree murder and his death sentence for the murder of Jay-Quan. He raises various issues. Duval County

    Edmund Mady v. Daimler Chrysler Corp.

    SC08-808

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    Approx. 10:40

    Mr. Mady sued DaimlerChrysler Corp. in a dispute over a 2003 Dodge Viper he had leased. Mr. Mady and DaimlerChrysler later reached a settlement but a dispute over attorney fees continued. The trial court denied Mr. Mady's motion for attorney fees and costs. The Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld that ruling but certified conflict with the Second District Court of Appeal, which had issued a conflicting opinion in a separate case. Mr. Mady then appealed to this Court.

    Palm Beach County

    Anthony Sheppard v. State of Florida

    SC08-1452

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    Approx. 11:20 After Mr. Sheppard pleaded guilty to violating probation, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison. From prison, he filed a pro se motion seeking to withdraw his guilty plea, arguing his attorney had misled him about how he would be sentenced. The trial court denied his motion. On appeal, the Second District Court of Appeal ruled the trial court should not have considered the merits of Mr. Sheppard's pro se motion because he had an attorney and failed to clearly request that his attorney be discharged. The 2nd DCA also certified conflict with prior decisions of the Fourth District Court of Appeal. Hillsborough County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, March 13, 2009

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

    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    No arguments scheduled