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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

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    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

    David Alan Gore v. State of Florida
    SC80,916 | SC12-537
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    9:00

    Mr. Gore was convicted of the first-degree murder of 17-year-old Lynn Elliott, who was kidnapped and fatally shot in 1983. He was sentenced to death but later was granted a new sentencing hearing. In that proceeding, a jury voted unanimously to recommend a death sentence and the trial court again condemned him to death. After the Governor signed a death warrant and the Department of Corrections scheduled his execution for April 12, Mr. Gore filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.

    Indian River County

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Monday, April 9, 2012

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    No cases scheduled

     

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Tusday, April 10, 2012

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    William Telli v. Broward County

    SC11-1737

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    9:00

    Mr. Telli challenged a Broward County charter provision limiting county commissioners to three consecutive terms in office. The trial court agreed with him that the provision, which county voters approved in 2000, violated the Florida Constitution. The Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed that ruling. Mr. Telli asked this Court to review the 4th DCA decision.

    Broward County

    Cathy Antunes v. Sarasota County

    SC12-109

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    Approx. 9:40
    Ms. Antunes and 15 other voters in Sarasota County challenged a court order barring enforcement of term limits on county commissioners. The trial court denied their motion to dissolve the permanent injunction against the term limits, which had been ruled unconstitutional after voters added them to the county charter in 1998. The Second District Court of Appeal certified the case as one of great public importance requiring immediate resolution by this Court.
    Sarasota County

    Ralston Davis v. State of Florida

    SC10-135

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    Approx. 10:30
    Mr. Davis was convicted of the first-degree murders of Myosha Proby, Ravindra Basdeo and Carlos Jones, who were fatally shot in 2005. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend a death sentence for the murder of Ms. Proby and life prison terms for the other two murders. The trial court condemned Mr. Davis to death for the murder of Ms. Proby. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.
    Broward County

    Roy Clifton Swafford v. State of Florida

    SC10-1772

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    Approx. 11:30
    Mr. Swafford was convicted of the first-degree murder of Brenda Rucker, who was fatally shot in 1982. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him. This Court upheld the death sentence on direct appeal and after various different post-conviction challenges. In his latest challenge, Mr. Swafford argues the trial court erred in several of its rulings regarding DNA.
    Volusia County

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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    Justin Ryan McMillian v. State of Florida

    SC10-2168

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    9:00

    Mr. McMillian was convicted of the first-degree murder of Danielle Stubbs, who was fatally shot in 2009. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. McMillian to death. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.

    Duval County

    Pedro Hernandez-Alberto v. State of Florida

    SC10-2471 | SC11-1608

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    Approx. 10:00
    Mr. Hernandez-Alberto, a Mexican national, was convicted of the first-degree murders of his stepdaughters Donna Berezovsky and Isela Gonzales, who were fatally shot in 1999. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence for each murder. The trial court condemned Mr. Hernandez-Alberto. This Court upheld his conviction and death sentence on direct appeal. Mr. Hernandez-Alberto filed a postconviction challenge in the trial court. His motion as dismissed and this appeal followed.
    Hillsborough County

    City of Palm Bay v. Wells Fargo Bank

    SC11-830

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    Approx. 10:40
    Wells Fargo Bank began foreclosure proceedings against a home after the owners fell behind on their mortgage payments. The city of Palm Bay had earlier fined the homeowners for code violations but the bank argued its mortgage took priority over the city's code enforcement liens. The trial court ruled for the bank and the city appealed to the Fifth District Court of Appeal, which ruled the city does not have the power to give its code enforcement liens priority over other liens and claims. The 5th DCA also certified the issue to this Court as one of great public importance.
    Brevard County

    Earth Trades, Inc. v. T&G Corp.

    SC10-1892

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    Approx. 11:20
    Earth Trades, a subcontractor, was hired by T&G, a general contractor, for construction projects in Jacksonville and Hialeah. The two businesses became involved in a dispute over payment and performance. Earth Trades sued T&G, alleging breach of contract. T&G filed a counter-claim, also alleging breach of contract. The trial court agreed with T&G that Earth Trades' claim was barred under Florida law because it was not licensed. Earth Trades appealed, arguing T&G knew Earth Trades was unlicensed when it hired the company. The Fifth District Court of Appeal upheld the trial court. Earth Trades asked this Court to review the decision.
    Orange County

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

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    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, April 13, 2012

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    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, April 20, 2012

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    In Re: Joint Resolution of Legislative Apportionment

    SC12-460

    10:00

    The Florida Supreme Court is reviewing Senate legislative redistricting maps to determine if they comply with the state Constitution.

    Statewide impact