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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.

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    No cases scheduled

     

     

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Tuesday, August 31, 2010

    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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     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    Inquiry Concerning a Judge: Ralph E. Eriksson

    SC07-1648

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    9:00

    County Judge Ralph E. Eriksson has been summoned before the Court to receive a public reprimand for ethical misconduct.

    Seminole County

    Nelson Serrano v. State of Florida

    SC07-1434

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    Approx. 9:10
    Mr. Serrano was convicted of the first-degree murders of George Gonsalves, Frank Dosso, George Patisso and Diane Patisso, who were fatally shot in 1997. The jury voted 9-3 to recommend a death sentence for each murder and the trial court condemned him. This is his direct appeal. He raises several issues.
    Polk County

    John Troy v. State of Florida

    SC09-526

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    Approx. 10:10
    Mr. Troy was convicted of the first-degree murder of Bonnie Carroll, who was fatally stabbed and beaten in 2001. The jury voted 11-1 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him. This Court upheld the sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Troy filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed. He raises various issues.
    Sarasota County

    State of Florida v. Michelle Bowers

    SC09-1971

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    Approx. 10:50

    Ms. Bowers was charged with DUI and drug charges after a traffic stop. The county court granted her motion to suppress the evidence against her. On appeal, the circuit court, relying on a decision of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, overturned the trial court. Ms. Bowers filed a petition for second-tier certiorari review in the Second District Court of Appeal, which granted the petition and reversed the circuit court. The state sought review of the decision of the 2nd DCA to this Court.

    Lee County

    Westgate Miami Beach, Ltd. v. Newport Operating Corp.

    SC09-1881

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    Approx. 11:30
    Westgate was awarded $5 million in a lawsuit against Newport. The trial judge also ruled that Westgate was entitled to interest on the award but did not immediately calculate the amount. On appeal, the Third District Court of Appeal upheld the award. Newport then argued in the trial court that Westgate was no longer entitled to interest because the interest should have been calculated before the appeal. The trial court agreed with Newport. The 3rd DCA upheld that decision but asked this Court to review the issue.
    Miami-Dade County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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    Jonathan Greenfield v. Dorothea Daniels

    SC09-1675 | SC09-1676

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    9:00

    Ms. Daniels filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Greenfield and St. Mary's after her son committed suicide following his discharge from St. Mary's. She listed a minor child as a survivor but the trial court dismissed the lawsuit because of a dispute over the child's paternity. The Fourth District Court of Appeal overturned that decision. Dr. Greenfield and St. Mary's appealed to this Court, arguing the 4th DCA opinion is in conflict with a decision by the 5th DCA.

     

    Palm Beach County

    Andrew Richard Allred v. State of Florida

    SC08-2354

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    Approx. 9:40
    Mr. Allred pleaded guilty to the first-degree murders of Tiffany Barwick and Michael Ruschak, who were fatally shot in 2007. He waived his right to have a jury for his penalty hearing, and the trial court condemned him to death for each murder. This is his direct appeal. He raises several issues.
    Seminole County

    William Francis Silvia v. State of Florida

    SC09-220

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    Approx. 10:40

    Mr. Silvia was convicted of the first-degree murder of his estranged wife, Patricia Silvia, who was fatally shot in 2006. The jury voted 11-1 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him. This is his direct appeal. He raises several issues.

    Seminole County

    Mark Henry v. Runner O. Santana

    SC09-1027

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    Approx. 11:40
    The trial court denied a habeas corpus petition filed by Mr. Santana, who had argued he was entitled to immediate release from prison because of credit for time he had served in custody. The court ruled that Mr. Santana had not exhausted his administrative options before filing his habeas petition. The First District Court of Appeal overturned that ruling and the state appealed to this Court, arguing the 1st DCA decision is in conflict with decisions by other DCAs.
    Jackson County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, September 2, 2010

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    Michael Coleman v. State of Florida

    SC04-1520 | SC09-92

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    9:00

    Mr. Coleman was convicted of the 1988 first-degree murders of Derek Hill, Morris Alphonso Douglas, Michael McCormick and Mildred Baker. Three of the victims were fatally shot and stabbed; one died from a gunshot. The jury voted 6-6 to recommend life in prison but the trial court condemned Mr. Coleman to death. This Court upheld the sentences on direct appeal and Mr. Coleman filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed. Mr. Coleman raises various issues.

    Escambia County

    Ramiro Companioni, Jr. v. City of Tampa

    SC09-1800

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    Approx. 9:40
    A jury awarded Mr. Companioni a substantial amount after he was injured in a traffic crash involving his motorcycle and a Tampa city truck. Following the verdict, the City moved for a new trial, arguing that the trial was unfair in part because of the conduct of Mr. Companioni's attorney. The trial court denied the motion. The Second District Court of Appeal reversed, holding that the trial court used the wrong standard to evaluate the City's motion for a new trial. This Court granted review based upon express and direct conflict of decisions.
    Hillsborough County

    William Cox v. St. Josephs Hospital

    SC09-1771

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    Approx. 10:30
    Mr. Cox sued St. Joseph's Hospital and an ER physician for medical malpractice following his treatment for a stroke. A jury found in favor of Mr. Cox and the health care providers appealed to the Second District Court of Appeal, which reversed the verdict. The appeal to this Court followed.
    Hillsborough County

    Board of Commissioners of Collier County v. Dwight E. Brock

    SC09-2190

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    Approx. 11:10

    In a dispute between the Collier County Clerk of Court and the Collier County Board of County Commissioners, the trial court ruled in favor of the Board, finding that the Clerk had overstepped his constitutional and statutory authority as county auditor. The Clerk appealed to the Second District Court of Appeal, which overturned the trial court. The appeal to this court followed.

    Chief Justice Canady is recused.

    Collier County

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, September 3, 2010

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    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    No cases scheduled