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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, April 4, 2011

    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 case scheduled 

     

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    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

    Matthew Lee Caylor v. State of Florida

    SC09-2366

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    9:00

    Mr. Caylor was convicted of the sexual battery and first-degree murder of a 13-year-old girl who was strangled in 2008. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him. This is Mr. Caylor's direct appeal. He raises various issues.

    Bay County

    Rayvon L. Boatman v. State of Florida

    SC10-1630

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    Approx. 10:00
    The state sought to have Mr. Boatman committed as a sexually violent predator under the Jimmy Ryce Act following his scheduled release from prison. The state, however, asked for a delay in the trial for civil commitment. Mr. Boatmen opposed the delay. The trial court allowed the postponement and Mr. Boatmen was committed. On appeal, the First District Court of Appeal agreed that the trial court had erred in giving the state a postponement. But the 1st DCA also upheld Mr. Boatman's commitment, concluding he had waited too long to appeal.
    Escambia County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    Thomas Anthony Wyatt v. State of Florida

    SC08-656 | SC10-632

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    9:00

    Mr. Wyatt was convicted of the first-degree murder of Cathy Nydegger, who was fatally shot in 1988. The jury voted 11-1 to recommend a death sentence. The trial court condemned Mr. Wyatt to death. This Court upheld the death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Wyatt filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court attacking his conviction and sentence. It was denied and this appeal followed.

    Indian River Count

    Thomas Anthony Wyatt v. State of Florida

    SC08-655 | SC09-556

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    Approx. 9:40
    Mr. Wyatt was convicted of the first-degree murders of William Edwards, F.E. and Matthew Bornoosh, who were fatally shot in 1988. The jury voted unanimously to recommend a death sentence for each murder. The trial court condemned Mr. Wyatt to death. This Court upheld the death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Wyatt filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.
    Indian River County

    Florida Insurance Guaranty Ass’n, Inc. v. Devon Neighborhood Association, Inc.

    SC10-347

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    Approx. 10:30
    Property owned by Devon Neighborhood Association was damaged by a hurricane. Devon received reimbursement for its claims but filed additional claims. Devon and Florida Insurance Guaranty Association disagreed about the claims and Devon went to court. FIGA asked for an appraisal of the damages under the terms of the policy, but the trial court denied that request based on a provision of a newly-enacted statute. The Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld the trial court. FIGA asked for review in this Court on the issue of retroactive application of the statute.
    Broward County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, April 7, 2011

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    Facts & Issues

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    Richard Knight v. State of Florida

    SC07-841

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    9:00

    Mr. Knight was convicted of the first-degree murders of Odessia Stephens and her 4-year-old daughter, Hanessia Mullings, who were fatally stabbed in 2000. The jury voted unanimously to recommend death sentences and the trial court condemned him. This is Mr. Knight's direct appeal. He raises various issues.

    Broward County

    John M. Buzia v. State of Florida

    SC10-31 | SC10-1645

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    Approx. 10:00
    Mr. Buzia was convicted of the first-degree murder of Charles Kersch, a 71-year-old who was fatally beaten in 2000. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him. This Court upheld the sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Buzia filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.
    Seminole County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, April 8, 2011

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    No cases scheduled