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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, September 5, 2011

    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

    No case scheduled 

     

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    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

    Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    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

    Inquiry Concerning a Judge: N. James Turner

    SC09-1182

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    9:00

    The Judicial Qualifications Commission has concluded that Judge Turner violated several canons of judicial ethics and has recommended that this Court remove him from the bench. Judge Turner argues that his actions do not merit removal.

    Justice Lewis is recused.

     

    Osceola County

    Wadada Delhall v. State of Florida

    SC09-87

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    Approx. 9:40
    Mr. Delhall was convicted of the first-degree murder of Hubert McCrae, who was fatally shot in 2001. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court sentenced Mr. Delhall to death. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.
    Miami-Dade County

    Justin Curtis Heyne v. State of Florida

    SC09-2323

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    Approx. 10:40
    Mr. Heyne was convicted of the first-degree murders of Benjamin Hamilton and Sarah Buckoski and their 5-year-old daughter, Ivory Hamilton. All three were fatally shot in 2006. The jury recommended a life sentence for the murder of Mr. Hamilton and death sentences for the murders of Ms. Buckoski and her daughter, by votes of 8-4 and 10-2. The trial court sentenced Mr. Heyne to life in prison for the murders of the two adults and condemned him to death for the murder of the child. This is Mr. Heyne's direct appeal of his death sentence.
    Brevard County

    The Florida Bar v. Gregg Adam Steinberg

    SC10-161

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    Approx. 11:40
    In this disciplinary case, The Florida Bar accuses Mr. Steinberg of misappropriating funds from a bank account he had access to as a leader of a homeowners' group. The trial judge considering the case as a referee concluded Mr. Steinberg violated ethical rules for attorneys and recommends that this Court disbar him. Mr. Steinberg argues that penalty is too severe and asks this Court to consider mitigating circumstances. The Bar supports the referee's recommendation of disbarment.
    St. Johns County

    DK Arena, Inc. v. EB Acquisitions, LLC

    SC10-897

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    Approx. 12:10
    EB Acquisitions signed a contract to purchase real estate from DK Arena. When the deal fell apart, DK sued EB, seeking a $1 million payment that EB had deposited in an escrow account. EB filed a countersuit, arguing that DK breached the contract and that an unwritten amendment to the contract entitled it to the deposit. The trial court ruled that EB could keep the $1 million. The Fourth District Court of Appeal agreed with the trial court. This appeal followed.
    Palm Beach County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, September 8, 2011

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    Genghis Nicholas Kocaker v. State of Florida

    SC10-229

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    9:00

    Mr. Kocaker was convicted of the first-degree murder of Eric Stanton, who died of carbon monoxide poisoning after being trapped in a fire in his cab in 2004. The jury voted 11-1 to recommend a death sentence for Mr. Kocaker and the trial court condemned him. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.

    Pinellas County

    William Kenneth Taylor v. State of Florida

    SC09-2417 | SC10-2169

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    Approx. 10:00
    Mr. Taylor was convicted of the first-degree murder of Sandra Kushmer, who was fatally shot in 2001. The jury voted unanimously to recommend that he be sentenced to death and the trial court condemned him. This Court upheld his death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Taylor filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed. He raises various issues.
    Hillsborough County

    North Port Road & Drainage District v. West Villages Improvement Disrict

    SC10-1220

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    Approx. 10:40
    North Port Road & Drainage District charged assessments against property owned by West Villages Improvement District. West Villages challenged the assessments, arguing the drainage district did not have the power to charge such assessments against another governmental entity. The trial court agreed with the drainage district that the assessments were allowed under the home rule powers held by Florida cities. The Second District Court of Appeal overturned that decision. This appeal followed.
    Sarasota County

    Citizens Property Insurance Corp. V San Perdido Association, Inc.

    SC10-2433

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    Approx. 11:40
    Citizens Property was the defendant in a lawsuit by San Perdido alleging bad faith over an insurance claim. Citizens argued that the Legislature had given it immunity from such a suit. The trial court denied that motion. The First District Court of Appeal held that it could not review Citizens' challenge to the denial of the motion to dismiss until after final judgment was entered. The 1st DCA certified conflict with a ruling by the Fifth District Court of Appeal in a separate case and asked this Court to resolve the issue as one of great public importance.
    Escambia County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, September 9, 2011

    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

    Robert Shannon Walker II v. State of Florida

    SC10-638

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    9:00

    Mr. Walker was convicted of the first-degree murder of David Hamman, who was beaten, kidnapped and fatally shot in 2003. The jury voted 7-5 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Walker. This Court upheld his death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Walker filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. His murder conviction was upheld but his death sentence was vacated. Both Mr. Walker and the state appealed that decision to this Court.

     

    Brevard County

    Michael L. King v. State of Florida

    SC09-2421

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    Approx. 9:40
    Mr. King was convicted of the first-degree murder of a woman he kidnapped, raped and fatally shot in 2008. The jury voted unanimously to recommend that he be sentenced to death and the trial court condemned him. This is Mr. King's direct appeal. He raises various issues.
    Sarasota County

    Ramsey Hasan v. Lanny Garver, D.M.D.

    SC10-1361

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    N/A
    Rescheduled for December 8, 2011.
    Broward County

    Jeffrey H. Atwater v. Frederick W. Kortum

    SC11-133

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    Approx. 10:40
    Mr. Kortum challenged the constitutionality of a 2008 state law that dictates how and when public appraisers may contact property owners in the aftermath of a disaster. The trial court upheld the law, but the First District Court of Appeal overturned that ruling and held that the law was unconstitutional because it violated free speech rights. Mr. Atwater, Florida's chief financial officer, appealed that decision to this Court.

    Leon County

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