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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 4, 2013

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    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, March 6, 2013

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     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    Pedro Gil v. State of Florida

    SC11-1983
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    9:00
    Mr. Gil pleaded guilty in county court to a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license. He was subsequently charged with driving with a revoked
    license as a habitual traffic offender, a third-degree felony. He argued the more serious charge violated his protection against double jeopardy. The circuit court agreed and dismissed the felony charge. The Third District Court of Appeal reversed that ruling, finding double jeopardy was not triggered. This review followed.

    Miami-Dade County

    The Florida Bar v. Henry T. Swann, III

    SC11-836
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    Approx. 9:40

    The Florida Bar accuses Mr. Swann of several instances of misconduct, including acting improperly as the personal representative of his father's estate; helping his girlfriend financially exploit an elderly client; concealing marital assets during his divorce and engaging in business transactions with clients. The trial judge considering the case as a referee concluded Mr. Swann was guilty of several
    violations of the ethical code for attorneys and recommended this Court suspend him for 91 days. Mr. Swann supports that recommendation; the Bar argues Mr. Swann should be disbarred permanently.

    Brunswick, Ga

    Quawn M. Franklin v. State of Florida

    SC12-205 | SC12-1635
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    10:10 Mr. Franklin was convicted of the first-degree murder of Jerry Lawley, who was fatally shot in 2001. The jury voted unanimously to recommend a death sentence
    and the trial court condemned him to death. This Court upheld his sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Franklin filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.
    Lake County

    GEICO General Insurance Co. v. Virtual Imaging Services, Inc.

    SC12-905
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    10:50 Ms. Tirado underwent two MRIs after she was hurt in an auto accident. Virtual Imaging billed Geico under Ms. Tirado's PIP insurance policy. Geico paid Virtual
    a lesser amount based on a fee schedule referenced in state law. Virtual sued, arguing Geico could not use that fee schedule because it was not specifically cited in Ms. Tirado's policy. The trial court ruled in Virtual Imaging's favor. The Third
    District Court of Appeal upheld that decision and also certified the issue as one of great public importance for this Court's consideration.
    Miami-Dade County

    The Florida Bar v. Robert W. Frazier, Jr.

    SC11-819
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    11:30 In this disciplinary case, The Florida Bar accuses Mr. Frazier of misconduct related to his firm's trust account fund. The trial judge considering the case as a
    referee concluded Mr. Frazier violated the ethical code for attorneys by acting dishonestly and mishandling a check made out to a third party. The referee
    recommended this Court disbar Mr. Frazier for five years. The Bar supports the referee's recommendation; Mr. Frazier argues the referee's findings of guilt are not supported by the evidence.
    Broward County

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, March 7, 2013

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    David Sylvester Frances v. State of Florida

    SC12-79 | SC12-1514
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    9:00
    Mr. Frances was convicted of the first-degree murders of Helena Mills and JoAnna Charles, who were strangled to death in 2000. The jury voted 9-3 to recommend a death sentence for the murder of Ms. Mills and 10-2 to recommend a death sentence for the murder of Ms. Charles. The trial court condemned him to death. This Court upheld his sentences on direct appeal and
    Mr. Frances filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.
    Orange County

    Baron Greenwade v. State of Florida

    SC12-598
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    Approx.
    9:40

    Mr. Greenwade was convicted of trafficking in cocaine and sentenced to 15 years in prison. On appeal, he argued the state failed to prove he possessed
    enough cocaine to meet the statutory weight threshold for trafficking because the state failed to test each individual baggie for cocaine before commingling the baggies and weighing the contents as a whole. The First District Court of
    Appeal upheld his conviction and this review followed.

    Duval County

    Michael James Jackson v. State of Florida

    SC12-238 | SC12-2006
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    Approx. 10:30

    Mr. Jackson was convicted of the first-degree murders of James and Carol Sumner, who died from asphyxiation after being buried alive in 2005. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend a death sentence for each murder. The trial court
    condemned him to death. This Court upheld his sentences on direct appeal and Mr. Jackson filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.

    Duval County

    Terry Smith v. State of Florida

    SC11-1076
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    Approx.
    11:10
    Mr. Smith was convicted of the first-degree murders of Desmond Robinson, Berthum Gibson, and Keenethia Keenan, who were fatally shot in 2007. The jury recommended two death sentences: for the murder of Ms. Keenan by a vote of 10-2 and for the murder of Mr. Gibson by a vote of 8-4. The trial judge followed those recommendations and condemned Mr. Smith to death for those two murders and to life in prison for the murder of Mr. Robinson. This is Mr. Smith's direct appeal. He raises various issues. Duval County

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, March 8, 2013

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