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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, May 2, 2011

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    No case scheduled 

     

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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    Place of Origin

    Lancelot Uriley Armstrong v. State of Florida

    SC09-1659

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    9:00

    Mr. Armstrong was convicted of the first-degree murder of Broward County Deputy John Greeney, who was fatally shot while responding to a burglary alarm in 1990. Mr. Armstrong was condemned but his death sentence was later overturned on appeal. A new sentencing hearing was held; the jury voted 9-3 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Armstrong. This is Mr. Armstrong's direct appeal of his second death sentence.

    Broward County

    Romildo Meister v. Elizardo Rivero

    SC10-2311

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    Approx. 10:00
    Mr. Meister sued Mr. Rivero after an auto accident. Neither Mr. Rivero nor his attorneys were present when the trial was supposed to begin. The attorneys were handling another case at the time and had not advised the judge or Mr. Meister's lawyers. The judge imposed a sanction on Mr. Rivero's attorneys to compensate Mr. Meister, who had taken time off work for the trial, and his attorneys, who had prepared for trial. The Fourth District Court of Appeal, however, overturned that decision and asked this Court to review the issue.
    Palm Beach County

    The Florida Bar v. William Bedford Watson, III

    SC09-2022

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    Approx. 10:40
    In this disciplinary case, The Florida Bar accuses Mr. Watson of participating in a scheme of financial fraud by misusing funds that were deposited into his trust account. The trial judge considering the case as a referee concluded that Mr. Watson was guilty of negligence but not deliberate misconduct and recommended that this Court suspend him for 90 days. The Bar argues the misconduct was intentional and that this Court should disbar Mr. Watson. Mr. Watson argues there was no fraudulent scheme and that this Court should approve the referee's recommendations.
    Alachua County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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    Place of Origin

    Willie Seth Crain, Jr. V. State of Florida

    SC09-1920

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    9:00

    Mr. Crain was convicted of the first-degree murder of 7-year-old Amanda Victoria Brown, who disappeared in 1998. The jury voted unanimously to recommend a death sentence. The trial court condemned Mr. Crain. This Court upheld the death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Crain filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.

    Hillsborough County

    Joshua D. Nelson v. State of Florida

    SC10-540

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    Approx. 9:40
    Mr. Lee was convicted of the first-degree murder of Thomas Owens, who was fatally attacked with a baseball bat and box cutter in 1995. The jury voted unanimously to recommend a death sentence. The trial court condemned Mr. Nelson. This Court upheld the death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Nelson filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.
    Lee County

     David Carbajal v. State of Florida

    SC10-466

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    Approx. 10:30
    Mr. Carbajal pleaded no contest to felony drug charges in a case filed by Florida's statewide prosecutor. He was sentenced to prison. Later he filed a postconviction motion, arguing the statewide prosecutor had no jurisdiction to prosecute him because all of the drug charges were from one county. The trial court denied his challenge on the merits, and the Second District Court of Appeal ruled Mr. Carbajal had waited too long to file his motion. The Second District noted its ruling was in conflict with rulings by other district courts on the same issue.
    Lee County

    Robin Roshkind v. Belinda Charlene Machiela

    SC10-1754

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    Approx. 11:10
    Ms. Machiela retained the Roshkind law firm to represent her in a dissolution of marriage proceeding. The Roshkind law firm later withdrew from representation and filed a charging lien to collect fees. The trial court denied that motion because the firm did not present expert testimony on reasonable legal fees. Citing case law, the Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld that decision. But the 4th DCA also noted that expert testimony on reasonable legal fees is often not needed and asked this Court to consider the issue as one of great public importance.
    Palm Beach County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, May 5, 2011

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    Donte Jermaine Hall v. State of Florida

    SC09-2326

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    9:00

    Mr. Hall was convicted of the first-degree murders of Keson Evans and Anthony Blunt, who were fatally shot in 2006. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend a sentence of death for the murder of Mr. Blunt and recommended life imprisonment for the murder of Mr. Evans. The trial court followed both recommendations and condemned Mr. Hall for the murder of Mr. Blunt. This is Mr. Hall's direct appeal.

    Lake County

    William Michael Kopsho v. State of Florida

    SC09-1383

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    Approx. 10:00
    Mr. Kopsho was convicted of the first-degree murder of his wife, Lynne, who was fatally shot in 2000. He was condemned, but this Court overturned his conviction. A new trial was held and he was again convicted. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court again condemned Mr. Kopsho. This is his direct appeal.
    Marion County

    Angela Samples v. Florida Birth-Related Neorological Injury Compensation Association

    SC10-1295

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    Approx. 11:00
    Angela and Kenneth Ray Samples, whose child suffered a brain injury at birth, challenged a provision of the Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Act. The Samples argue that the $100,000 limit on parental awards is vague and ambiguous and should be applied to each parent individually in order to avoid equal protection concerns. The Fifth District Court of Appeal ruled that the parental award provision did not violate equal protection and asked this Court to consider the issue as one of great public importance.
    Central Florida

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, May 6, 2011

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    No cases scheduled