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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 7, 2010

    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

    Willie James Hodges v. State of Florida

    SC09-468

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    9:00

    Mr. Hodges was convicted of the first-degree murder of Patricia Belanger, who was fatally stabbed and beaten in her home in 2001. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.

    Escambia County

    Florida Bar v. Miroslaw Thomas Lobasz

    SC08-1105

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    Approx. 10:00
    In this disciplinary case against Mr. Lobasz, The Florida Bar accuses him of continuing to practice law after being suspended for an earlier ethics violation. The trial judge considering the case as a referee recommends that this Court sanction Mr. Lobasz by imposing another three-year suspension, which would, for the most part, overlap the original three-year suspension. The Bar argues that Mr. Lobasz should be disbarred. Mr. Lobasz supports the referee's recommendation.
    Palm Beach County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Tuesday, June 8, 2010

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    Dane Patrick Abdool v. State of Florida

    SC08-944

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    9:00

    Mr. Abdool was convicted of the first-degree murder of Amelia Sookdeo, who was fatally burned in February 2006. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him. This is his direct appeal. He raises several issues.

    Orange County

    Gayle Shotts v. OP Winter Haven, Inc.

    SC08-1774

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    Approx. 10:00
    Ms. Shotts sued the nursing home where her uncle died, alleging negligence, violations of nursing home residents' rights and wrongful death. The nursing home filed a motion to compel arbitration, which the trial court granted. Ms. Shotts appealed that ruling to the Second District Court of Appeal, which upheld the lower court. This appeal followed.
    Polk County

    Angela I. Gessa v. Manor Care of Florida, Inc.

    SC09-768

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    Approx. 10:40
    Ms. Gessa sued the nursing home where she lived, alleging negligence and violation of her rights as a resident. Manor Care filed a motion to compel arbitration. The trial court granted the motion and Ms. Gessa appealed that ruling to the Second District Court of Appeal, which upheld the lower court. This appeal followed.
    Hillsborough County

    State of Florida v. Kathy Jo Cable

    SC09-1684

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    Approx. 11:20

    Ms. Cable was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. She argued the evidence should be suppressed because the deputy who arrested her violated Florida's law requiring police to knock and announce themselves. The trial court denied her motion but the Second District Court overturned the lower court. The 2nd DCA ruled that arrest was illegal. This appeal followed.

    Justice Canady is recused.

    Polk County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, June 9, 2010

    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 Rimmer v. State of Florida

    SC07-1272 | SC09-1250

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    9:00

    Mr. Rimmer was convicted of the first-degree murders of Bradley Krause Jr. and Aaron Knight, who were fatally shot during a store robbery in 1998. The jury voted 9-3 to recommend death sentences and the trial court condemned him. This Court upheld the sentences on direct appeal and Mr. Rimmer filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed. He raises various issues.

     

    Broward County

    Florida Bar v. Philip David Irish

    SC08-1375 | SC08-1552 | SC08-1891 | SC08-2398

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    Approx. 9:40
    In these disciplinary cases, The Florida Bar accuses Mr. Irish of numerous violations of the ethical standards for attorneys, including one stemming from his several felony convictions of possession of controlled or illegal drugs. The trial judge considering the case as a referee has recommended that this Court disbar Mr. Irish. Mr. Irish has argued that a lesser sanction should be imposed, citing drug addiction as a mitigating factor. The Bar supports the referee's recommendation.
    Miami-Dade County

    State of Florida v. Joseph Eugene McFadden

    SC09-1755

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    Approx. 10:20

    Mr. McFadden was convicted of robbery with a firearm, burglary of a conveyance while armed and aggravated battery. He was sentenced to life in prison. He appealed and the Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed his convictions, ruling that the state had violated a discovery rule. The state appealed that decision to this Court.

    Martin County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, June 10, 2010

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    Jeffrey E. Lewis v. Leon County

    SC09-1698

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    9:00

    Leon County and others challenged the constitutionality of a law that required counties to pay some of the costs of five Offices of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel. The trial court agreed the law violated a provision in the Florida Constitution that requires the state to pay for court-appointed counsel. The First District Court of Appeal upheld that ruling. The state appealed to this Court.

    Leon County

    Statewide impact

    Andrea Johnson v. State of Florida & Bernard Joyner v. State of Florida

    SC08-418 | SC08-1489

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    Approx. 9:40
    In these consolidated cases, Johnson and Joyner challenged the amount of credit for time served that they were awarded on prison sentences they received after violating probation. Both alleged that they did not receive credit for time served after their original arrests, before they were released on probation. The trial court denied those motions, ruling in each case the men had waived the credit for the earlier time. The Third District Court of Appeal upheld the lower court and the men asked this Court to review those rulings.
    Miami-Dade County

    Labrant Dennis v. State of Florida

    SC09-1089 | SC09-2289

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    Approx. 10:40
    Mr. Dennis was convicted of the first-degree murders of Marlin Barnes and Timwanika Lumpkins, who were fatally beaten in 1996. The jury voted 11-1 to recommend death sentences and the trial court condemned him. This Court upheld the sentences on direct appeal and Mr. Dennis filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied but this Court ordered a new proceeding. After that proceeding, Mr. Dennis' challenge was again denied and this appeal followed. He raises various issues.
    Miami-Dade County

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, June 11, 2010

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    No cases scheduled