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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 1, 2013

    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 cases scheduled

     

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Tuesday, April 2, 2013

    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

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    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    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

    Jason Wheeler v. State of Florida & Jason Wheeler v. Michael Crews, etc.,

    SC12-337 | SC12-1796

     

    9:00
    Mr. Wheeler was convicted of the first-degree murder of Deputy Wayne Koester, who was fatally shot when he and two other deputies responded to a call in 2005. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Wheeler to death. This Court upheld his sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Wheeler filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.
    Lake County

    James Barnes v. State of Florida

    SC12-875

     

    Approx 9:40.

    Mr. Barnes pled guilty to the first-degree murder of Patricia Miller, who was raped, strangled and fatally beaten in her home in 1988. He waived an advisory jury recommendation and the trial court condemned him to death. This Court upheld his sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Barnes filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.

    Brevard County

    Frank Special, et al. v. West Boca Medical Center, et al.,

    SC11-2511

     

    Approx. 10:30
    Mr. Special’s wife, Susan, died hours after a Cesarean section and he sued the hospital and other care providers for medical malpractice. The trial court ruled for the hospital and other care providers. The Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld that ruling but asked this Court to consider the standard that should be used in deciding whether a legal error during a trial is harmless.
    Palm
    Beach County

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

    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

    Robert Joe Long v. State of Florida

    SC12-103

     

     

    9:00
    Mr. Long pled guilty to the first-degree murders of eight women. In exchange for his guilty pleas, the state sought the death sentence only for the murder of Michelle Simms, who was beaten, strangled and stabbed in 1984. This Court vacated Mr. Long’s first death penalty for Ms. Simms’ murder. At his second penalty hearing, the jury voted unanimously to recommend a death sentence and Mr. Long was condemned again. This Court upheld the second death sentence on direct appeal. Mr. Long filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.
    Hillsborough County

    Dwight Roberts v. State of Florida

    SC11-2567

     

    Approx.
    9:40

    Mr. Roberts was sentenced to 40 years in prison as a habitual violent felony offender after being convicted of a 1991 robbery. An earlier conviction for aggravated battery was the basis for his treatment as a career criminal. He later challenged his sentence, arguing flaws with the statute providing for enhanced penalties. The issue is whether the flaws were fixed before he committed his offense. The trial court denied his motion and the Second District Court of Appeal upheld that ruling.

    Pinellas
    County

    Gilbert Dudley, III v. State of Florida

    SC11-2292

     

    Approx. 10:30

    Mr. Dudley was charged and convicted by a jury of two counts of sexual battery on a mentally defective person. The trial court, however, set aside the verdict, finding that the State failed to demonstrate that the victim met the statutory definition of “mentally defective.” The Fifth District Court of Appeal, en banc, overturned the trial court, reinstated Mr. Dudley’s guilty verdicts, and certified conflict with a decision of the First District Court of Appeal. .

    Volusia
    County

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, April 5, 2013

    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 cases scheduled

     

     

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    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

    Anthony Mackey v. State of Florida

    SC12-573

    10:00 Mr. Mackey was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a concealed firearm. Mr. Mackey argued in a motion to suppress that the police did not have a reasonable suspicion to conduct the investigatory stop which led to the discovery and seizure of the firearm. The trial court denied the motion, and Mr. Mackey pled guilty to both charges. On appeal, the Third District Court of Appeal upheld the trial court’s ruling but certified conflict with a ruling by the Fourth District Court of Appeal in another case involving a concealed firearm.

    Dade County