[SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA]
Oral Argument Press Summaries
October 4, 7-11, 2002

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 Ceremonial Session
Friday, October 4, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Investiture of the Honorable Raoul G. Cantero, III 11:00 a.m. Raoul G. Cantero, 42, will be invested as the 80th Justice of the Florida Supreme Court since statehood was granted in 1845. He was appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush on July 10, 2002. Before his appointment, he was a shareholder and head of the appellate division at the firm of Adorno & Yoss in Miami, where he specialized in civil and criminal appeals. Justice Cantero was a resident of Miami-Dade County when appointed

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Monday, October 7, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Lawrence Taylor v. School Board of Brevard County

SC01-1924

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9:00 Taylor sued the school board for injuries allegedly occurring when he was working as a school bus attendant when a wheel-chair lift fell and injured his head and body. The trial court dismissed the claim based on its finding that Taylor's remedy was solely through worker's compensation. The Fifth District Court affirmed.  Brevard County
Ian Deco Lightbourne v. State of Florida

SC01-553

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Approx. 9:40 Lightbourne was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the January 1981 murder of Nancy A. O'Farrell. His sentence was affirmed on appeal. He now challenges its validity. Marion County
Joel Diaz v. State of Florida

SC01-278

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Approx. 10:30 Diaz was charged with the October 1997 murder of Charles Shaw and related crimes. The jury found him guilty and recommended the death penalty 9-to-3. The trial court sentenced him to die. This is his direct appeal. Lee County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Tuesday, October 8, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Allstate Insurance Co. v. Dino Kaklamanos

SC01-2444| SC02-198

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9:00 These cases involve suits arising after Allstate declined to pay medical bills it deemed excessive in connection with claims filed under auto insurance policies. In both cases, the trial courts agreed with Allstate. On appeal, however, the First District reversed while the Second District declined to review the case based on similar facts.  Escambia County

Pinellas County

Paul Anthony Brown v. State of Florida

SC01-1275| SC01-2713

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Approx. 9:40 Brown was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the November 1992 murder of Roger Hensley in Ormand Beach. His conviction and sentence were affirmed on appeal. He now challenges its validity. Volusia County
State of Florida v. Leon Robinson

SC01-2620

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Approx. 10:30 Robinson was tried and convicted of carjacking and kidnaping when he took a car in which the driver had left her 19-month-old child when she went into a store. The state sought to have him declared a sexual predator even though the State conceded there was no evidence of a sexual advance on the child. The trial court agreed, but the Fourth District Court reversed. Broward County
Paul Fitzpatrick v. State of Florida

SC00-2589

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Approx. 11:10 In 1996, Fitzpatrick was charged with the February 1980 murder of Gerald Hollinger. The jury found him guilty and later recommended the death penalty 8-to-4. The trial judge imposed it. This is Fitzpatrick's direct appeal.  Pinellas County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Wednesday, October 9, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Ivan Martinez v. Florida Power & Light

SC01-1505| SC01-1955 | SC01-1956

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10:00 These cases involve the issue of whether people can sue owners of street lights after allegedly being injured partly because those lights were not properly maintained. Miami-Dade County

Duval County

Floyd Damren v. State of Florida

SC01-1469 | SC01-2808

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Approx. 10:40 Damren was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the May 1994 murder of Don Miller. His conviction and sentence were affirmed on appeal. He now challenges its validity. Clay County
Michelle Hausmann v. L.M. & J.M.

SC01-2749

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Approx. 11:30 This case involves the question of whether grandparents of a minor child, who have filed a petition for adoption, should be allowed to intervene in an adoption petition filed by another couple. Another issue presented is whether the grandparents have priority in the adoption proceeding. Palm Beach County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Thursday, October 10, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Florida Industrial Power Users Group v. Lila A. Jaber

SC02-187

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9:00 This case involves legal issues surrounding the Florida Public Service Commission's regulation of an electric utility and an affiliate unregulated merchant plant. Leon County
West Florida Electric Cooperative Ass'n v. E. Leon Jacobs, Jr.

SC02-176

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Approx. 9:40 This case involves a territorial dispute between West Florida Electric Cooperative and Gulf Power Co. over service to a 35-acre facility operated by Florida Gas Transmission (FGT) at Hinson's Crossroads in Washington County. The Cooperative has provided service to FGT since 1962. In 1995, Enron Corporation expressed an interest in a venture with FGT. Enron preferred that service to this new venture be provided by Gulf Power. The case came before the PSC, which ultimately ruled in favor of Gulf Power.  Washington County

Pensacola connection

J.B. Parker v. State of Florida

SC01-172

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Approx. 10:30 Parker was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for the April 1982 murder of Frances Julia Slater. His conviction was affirmed on appeal, but later his case was sent back for a new sentencing due to errors in the first one. At the resentencing the jury recommended the death penalty 11-to-1 and the trial judge imposed it. Parker appeals. Martin County
Willie Seth Crain, Jr. v. State of Florida

SC00-661

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Approx. 11:10 Crain was charged with the September 1998 murder of Amanda Victoria Brown. At trial he was found guilty, and the jury unanimously recommended the death penalty, which the judge imposed. This is his direct appeal. Hillsborough County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Friday, October 11, 2002
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
No Cases Scheduled



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