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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 6, 2013

    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

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    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
    TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013

    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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    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
    WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 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

    Hector Sanchez-Torres v. State of Florida

    SC11-1760

     

     

    9:00

    Mr. Sanchez-Torres pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of Eric Colon, who was fatally shot during an armed robbery in 2008. Mr. Sanchez-Torres waived his right to a jury during the penalty phase and the trial court condemned him to death. This is his direct appeal.

    Clay
    County

    State of Florida v. Thomas Woodel

    SC12-132

     

     

    Approx 9:40

    Mr. Woodel was sentenced to death for the murders of Clifford and Bernice Moody, who were fatally stabbed in 1996. This Court vacated those death sentences due to an inadequate sentencing order and granted Mr. Woodel a new sentencing phase. At his re-sentencing, Mr. Woodel was sentenced to life for Mr. Moody’s murder and to death for Mrs. Moody’s murder. This Court upheld the death sentence on direct appeal. Later, Mr. Woodel filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court, where his death sentence was vacated but his first-degree murder conviction upheld.

     

    Polk County

    The Florida Bar v. Clint Johnson

    SC11-1136 | SC11-1578 | SC11-2343

     

     

    Approx. 10:30

    In these disciplinary cases, the Florida Bar accuses Mr. Johnson of violating several of the ethical standards required of lawyers. The trial judge considering the cases as a referee concluded Mr. Johnson was negligent in his management of accounts in which clients’ funds are held in trust. The referee recommends this Court impose a six-month suspension as well as require probation, audits, training and mentoring. The Bar also accuses Mr. Johnson of violating this Court’s emergency suspension. The referee agreed and recommends a 12-month suspension.

    Justice Perry is recused.

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
    THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013

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    The Florida House of Representatives et al. v. The League of Women Voters of Florida, et al.,

    SC13-252

     

     

     

    9:00

    In this petition, the Legislature and its leaders ask that a trial court be ordered to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the legislative apportionment plan approved last year by this Court. They argue that this Court alone has jurisdiction to judge the apportionment plan. The League of Women Voters and other critics, who challenged the apportionment plan in the trial court, disagree. They say this Court’s approval was limited to a facial review of the plan as written. In contrast, they say, their lawsuit presents “as-applied” claims.

    Statewide

    Troy Victorino v. State & Troy Victorino v. Michael Crews, etc.,

    SC12-482 | SC12-2123

     

     

    Approx.
    9:40

    Mr. Victorino was convicted of the first-degree murders of six people who were fatally beaten in 2004. The jury recommended death sentences for the murders of Erin Belanger, Roberto Gonzalez, Jonathon Gleason and Francisco “Flaco” Ayo-Roman and life sentences for the murders of Michelle Nathan and Anthony Vega. The trial court followed those recommendations and imposed those sentences. This Court upheld the death sentences on direct appeal and Mr. Victorino filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.

    Volusia
    County

    Kevin Foster v. State of Florida

    SC11-1761

     

     

    Approx. 10:30

    Mr. Foster was convicted of the first-degree murder of Mark Schwebes, who was fatally shot in 1996. The jury voted 9-3 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him. This Court upheld his sentences on direct appeal and Mr. Foster filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.

    Lee
    County

    The Florida Bar v. Peter MacNamara

    SC11-1029

    Approx.
    11:10

    In this disciplinary case, the Florida Bar accuses Mr. MacNamara of violating the ethical standards required of lawyers, including those requiring appropriate communication and integrity and those barring dishonesty and deceit. The trial judge considering the case as a referee concluded Mr. MacNamara did violate ethical standards. The referee recommends that this Court put Mr. MacNamara on probation for two years and require him to complete additional training in ethics. The Florida Bar argues disbarment is the appropriate discipline; Mr. MacNamara supports the referee’s recommendation.

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
    FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013

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