[SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA]
Oral Argument Press Summaries
January 3-7, 2000

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, January 3, 2000
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
NO CASES SCHEDULED

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Tuesday, January 4, 2000
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Paul Beasley Johnson v. State of Florida

No. 90,743

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9:00 Johnson was tried and sentenced to death for the January 1981 murders of taxicab driver William Evans, Ray Beasley who had given him a ride, and Deputy Theron Burnham. His sentence was upheld on appeal. He now challenges its validity and seeks disclosure of public records he contends are relevant to his case. Polk County
N.W., a child v. State of Florida

No. 95,882

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Approx. 9:40 N.W., a minor, was charged with a misdemeanor offense related to disrupting a school function by engaging in a fistfight. He admitted guilt and was sentenced to abide by home rules and curfew, to attend school, and to write an apology. The trial court withheld an adjudication of guilt. Nearly a year later, N.W. violated these conditions and was ordered to undergo further punishment. His attorneys argued that, under Florida statutes, the juvenile court's jurisdiction ended 180 days after N.W.'s initial admission of guilt. The trial court rejected this on grounds that adjudication was withheld. The Second District Court agreed, but certified that its decision conflicted with another District Court. Pinellas County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Wednesday, January 5, 2000
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Michael S. Stoll v. State of Florida

No. 93,276

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9:00 Michael Stoll was charged with the strangulation death of his wife Julie Stoll in November 1994. After convicting him of first-degree murder, the jury recommended the death penalty 7-to-5, and the trial judge imposed it. This is Michael Stoll's direct appeal. Seminole County
Broward County v. G.B.V. International, Ltd.

No. 93,115

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Approx. 10:00 This suit arose under the Broward County Land Use Plan when G.B.V. sought permission to build a multi-family development containing 10 units per acre. The Broward County Commission approved only 6 per acre. G.B.V. sued, but the trial court let the Commission's action stand. On appeal, the Fourth District Court reversed. Broward County
Michael Griffin v. State of Florida

No. 93,906

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Pinellas County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Thursday, January 6, 2000
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Amendments to Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.111(e) and 3.800 and Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure 9.020(h), 9.140, and 9.600

No. 95,707

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9:00 The Criminal Appeal Reform Act Committee, established in 1998 to address procedural issues related to the Criminal Appeal Reform Act of 1996, petitions the Court to adopts new rules of procedure. Statewide
Amendment to Florida Rules of Judicial Administration 2.052(a)

No. 96,265

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Approx 9:30 A member of The Florida Bar proposes a change in the Rules of Judicial Administration to require that cases involving termination of parental rights be given priority over other cases when there is a scheduling conflict. Statewide
Pinellas County v. State of Florida

No. 96,332

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Approx. 10:10 Pinellas County proposed a bond issue to fund development of a system for using reclaimed water for irrigation and other industrial use. The County contended this would reduce the need to use potable water for nonpotable uses while providing an alternative to disposing of waste water through deep-well injection. The trial court refused to validate the bonds on grounds the County needed, but had not obtained, the consent of the municipalities affected and that charges associated with the use of reclaimed water would be an unauthorized tax. The County appeals. Pinellas County
Elena Laura Pessino Gomez del Campo Bacardi v. Elena Gomez del Campo Bacardi de Lindzon

No. 95,348

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Approx. 10:50 Elena Laura, a citizen of Spain, is a beneficiary of trust funds established by her grandmother in and under the law of two foreign nations, the Cayman Islands and Liechtenstein. At the time the trusts were established the grandmother was a Cuban citizen living in Spain. Elena Laura filed suit in Dade County on charges related to alleged misuse of trust funds. The Dade County trial court dismissed on grounds Florida courts were not the proper forum for the issues at stake. The Third District Court affirmed but certified the question to the Supreme Court.  Dade County

Connections to Cuba, Spain, Liechtenstein, and the Cayman Islands

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Friday, January 7, 2000
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
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