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    Oral Argument Schedule & Briefs

    June 1-5, 2009

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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, June 1, 2009

    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

    Roderick Michael Orme v. State of Florida

    SC08-182

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     9:00

    Mr. Orme was convicted of the first-degree murder of Lisa Redd, who was robbed, sexually battered and strangled in 1992. He was condemned to death and this Court upheld the sentence on direct appeal. However, after considering a postconviction challenge Mr. Orme later filed, this Court ordered a new sentencing hearing for him. The jury voted 11-1 to recommend that he be sentenced to death and the trial court condemned him a second time. This appeal followed.

    Bay County

    James Delano Winkles v. State of Florida

    SC08-941

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    Approx. 9:40 Mr. Winkles pleaded guilty to two first-degree murders. Elizabeth Graham was fatally shot in September 1980 after being kidnapped and raped over several days. Margaret Delimon was fatally drugged after being kidnapped and raped over several days in October 1981. Mr. Winkles waived his right to a sentencing hearing before a jury and the trial court condemned him to death for both murders. This Court upheld the convictions and sentences on direct appeal. Mr. Winkles then filed a postconviction challenge in trial court, which was denied. This appeal followed. Pinellas County

    State of Florida v. Randolph Wightman

    SC08-1240

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    Approx. 10:30 Mr. Wightman was convicted of two counts of sexual battery on a victim younger than 12 and sentenced to life in prison. On appeal, the Second District Court of Appeal overturned the convictions, ruling that the state improperly introduced evidence of other crimes without notifying the defense. This appeal followed. Hilsborough County

    Peggy Allen Luttrell v. Fla. Dept. Of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles

    SC08-1396

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    Approx. 11:10 Ms. Luttrell was arrested on a DUI charge. Because she refused to submit to a breath test, her license was suspended for a year. Ms. Luttrell argued that the officer had no reasonable suspicion to approach her and that the suspension should be invalidated. The hearing officer disagreed but the circuit court overturned the hearing officer's order. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles appealed to the Fifth District Court of Appeal, which overturned the circuit court's ruling. This appeal followed. Volusia County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Tuesday, June 2, 2009

    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

    Mark A. Twilegar v. State of Florida

    SC07-1622

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    9:00

    Mr. Twilegar was convicted of the first-degree murder of David Thomas, who was fatally shot in 2002. Mr. Twilegar waived his right to sentencing hearing before a jury and the trial court condemned him to death. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.

    Lee County

    Donald Bradley v. State of Florida

    SC07-1964 | SC08-1813

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    Approx. 10:00

    Mr. Bradley was convicted of the first-degree murder of Jack Jones, who was fatally beaten in 1995. The jury recommended he be sentenced to death by a vote of 10-2 and the trial court condemned him. This Court upheld the sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Bradley filed a postconviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed. Mr. Bradley also filed a habeas petition with this Court.

    Clay County

    C.E.L. v. State of Florida

    SC08-1898

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    Approx. 10:40

    C.E.L., a 15-year-old, ran from two deputies who were patrolling an apartment complex in a high-crime area. C.E.L. also failed to obey the officers' command to stop. The officers pursued and apprehended him. C.E.L. was adjudicated delinquent for the offense of resisting an officer without violence. On appeal, C.E.L. argued the police had no reason to lawfully detain him before he ran. The Second District Court of Appeal upheld the trial court's decision and this review followed.

    Justice Charles Canady is recused.

    Hillsborough County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, June 3, 2009

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    In re: Amendments to Fla Rules of Criminal Procedure

    SC08-2163

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    9:00

    The Court considers a change to an existing rule that allows defendants to waive their right to an attorney. The proposed modification would require that defendants not be allowed to waive that right if they suffer from severe mental illness to the point that they would be unable to represent themselves at trial.

    Statewide impact

    Norman Blake McKenzie v. State of Florida

    SC07-2101

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    Approx. 9:20 Mr. McKenzie was convicted of the first-degree murders of Randy Wayne Peacock and Charles Frank Johnston, who were fatally injured with a knife and hatchet. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence for each murder and the trial court condemned Mr. McKenzie. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. McKenzie. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues. St. Johns County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, June 4, 2009

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    Clayton Harris v. State of Florida

    SC08-1871

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    9:00

    Mr. Harris pleaded no contest to possession of pseudoephedrine for use in making methamphetamine. On appeal to the First District Court of Appeal, he challenged the reliability of the drug-sniffing dog used by the officer who stopped him. Mr. Harris argued the drugs seized from his truck could not be used as evidence because the officer lacked probable cause. The First District Court of Appeal upheld the trial court's ruling to allow the evidence and this appeal followed.

    Justice Ricky Polston is recused.

    Liberty County

    In re: Amendments to Fla. Rules of Juvenile Procedure

    SC09-141

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    Approx. 9:40

    The Juvenile Court Rules Committee recommends several changes to the current rules for juvenile divisions of Florida's circuit courts. One change is designed to end routine and blanket shackling of children appearing in court. It would ban the use of handcuffs, chains, irons or straightjackets on children in court unless the children are a danger to themselves or others or there's reason to believe a child may try to flee.

    Statewide impact

    In re: Amendments to Fla. Rules of Criminal Procedure

    SC09-159

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    Approx. 10:40 The Florida Criminal Procedures Rule Committee recommends a variety of changes to Florida's rules of criminal procedure. The proposed changes update and clarify existing rules. Statewide impact

    Fla. Dept. Of Children & Families v. P.E.

    SC09-169

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    Approx. 11:10 P.E. failed to appear in court for a hearing scheduled to consider possible termination of her parental rights to her daughter. Her parental rights were terminated and she appealed to the Second District Court of Appeal. The 2nd DCA ruled that by law a parent's failure to appear at such a hearing, despite proper notification, constitutes a voluntary consent to the termination of rights. The 2nd DCA also noted that its ruling was in conflict with rulings from both the Third and Fifth District Courts of Appeal. In this case, however, the 2nd DCA reversed the termination order for another reason. Hillsborough County

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, June 5, 2009

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    Investiture of Justice James E.C. Perry

     1:00

    James E.C. Perry of Sanford will be invested as Florida's 85th Justice. At this ceremony, Gov. Charlie Crist will present Justice Perry's credentials to Chief Justice Peggy A. Quince, and Justice Perry then will be formally seated at the bench.