[SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA]
Oral Argument Press Summaries
April 1-5, 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, April 1, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
No arguments scheduled

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Tuesday, April 2, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Glen James Ocha v. State of Florida

SC00-2507

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9:00 Ocha was charged with the murder of Carol Skjerva in Kissimmee. He waived his right to a jury trial in the guilt and penalty phases, and the trial judge subsequently sentenced him to death. This is his direct appeal. Orange County
Thomas Parker v. State of Florida

SC01-1013

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Approx. 10:00 Parker was charged with offenses occurring when he allegedly tried to flee from police officers. He was released on bond pending trial. Soon thereafter he was arrested on drug charges, and the trial court revoked his bond in the earlier charge based on a Florida statute. Parker argued that the statute unconstitutionally infringed on his right to bail, but the trial court and the Fourth District Court rejected this argument.  Broward County
Rolando Villazon v. Prudential Health Care Plan, Inc.

SC01-1397

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Approx. 10:40 Villazon sued Prudential, his deceased wife's HMO, for vicarious liability based upon her alleged negligent treatment by member physicians.  The trial judge ruled that the suit was barred by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974  (ERISA), and the Third District Court affirmed. Dade County
Danny Harold Rolling v. State of Florida

SC01-625

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Approx. 11:20 Rolling was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the murders of Sonia Larson, Christina Powell, Christa Hoyt, Manuel Taboada, and Tracey Paules near the University of Florida campus in August 1990. His sentences were affirmed on appeal. He now challenges their validity. Alachua County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Wednesday, April 3, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Micah Louis Nelson v. State of Florida

SC00-876

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9:00 Nelson was charged with the November 1997 murder of Virginia Brace. At trial, he was convicted, and the jury recommended the death penalty 9-to-3. The trial judge sentenced him to die. This is Nelson's direct appeal. Polk County
Richard Harold Anderson v. State of Florida

SC01-24

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Approx. 10:00 Anderson was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the May 1987 murder of Robert Grantham. His sentence was affirmed on appeal. He now challenges its validity. Hillsborough County
Lenard James Philmore v. State of Florida

SC00-1706

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Approx. 10:40 Philmore was charged with the 1997 murder of Kazue Perron. At trial, the jury convicted him and recommended the death penalty 12-to-0. The judge imposed it. This is Philmore's direct appeal. Martin County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Thursday, April 4, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Amendments to Rules of Judicial Administration

SC01-2343

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9:00 In 2000, the Court directed a Florida Bar Committee to review the Rules of Judicial Administration with particular concern for prioritizing time-sensitive cases such as those involving children. The Court will hear arguments on the committee's recommendations. Statewide impact
Thomas Solomos v. Sheriff Ken Jenne

SC01-510

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Approx. 9:40 Starting in 1996, Jenne began collecting fees from county jail inmates as part of a program to partially recoup costs of their incarceration. The fees were a one-time $10 assessment to help pay for uniforms and a daily $2 fee to help pay for subsistence. Inmates sued and argued that the fees were unconstitutional. The trial court ruled against them, and the Fourth District Court affirmed. Broward County
State of Florida v. Daniel C. Atkinson

SC01-1775

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Approx. 10:30 Atkinson was sentenced to prison time for sexual offenses. He was in prison when the Jimmy Ryce Act took effect, but a court later determined he should have been released earlier. Nevertheless, the State evaluated him and determined that he was a sexually violent predator likely to reoffend. He then was civilly committed under the Jimmy Ryce Act. He challenged his commitment, but the trial court denied his claim. The Second District Court reversed but certified the issue to the Supreme Court. Polk County
Jonathan Huey Lawrence v. State of Florida

SC00-1827

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Approx. 11:10 Lawrence was charged with the May 1998 murder of Jennifer Robinson. He pled guilty, and a jury recommended 11-to-1 that he be sentenced to death. The trial judge agreed. This is his direct appeal. Santa Rosa County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Friday, April 5, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
No cases scheduled



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