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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, October 1, 2012

    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: William Jack Singbush

    SC11-905

    View briefs in Acrobat format by clicking the case number(s) here

    9:00

    Circuit Judge William Singbush has been summoned before the Court to receive a public reprimand for ethical misconduct.

    Marion County

    Douglas Blaine Matthews v. State of Florida

    SC10-1771

    View briefs in Acrobat format by clicking the case number(s) here 

    Approx. 9:10
    Mr. Matthews was convicted of the first-degree murder of Kirk Zoeller, who was fatally stabbed in 2008. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him to death. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.
    Volusia County

    Inquiry Concerning a Judge: Kathryn Maxine Nelson

    SC12-941

    View briefs in Acrobat format by clicking the case number(s) here 

    Approx. 10:10
    County Judge Kathryn Nelson has been summoned before the Court to receive a public reprimand for ethical misconduct.
    Ft. Pierce

    Oscar Ray Bolin, Jr. v. State of Florida

    SC08-2148

    View briefs in Acrobat format by clicking the case number(s) here 

    Approx. 10:20

    Mr. Bolin was convicted of the first-degree murder of Stephanie Collins, who was kidnapped and fatally beaten and stabbed in 1986. He was sentenced to death. This Court granted him a new trial. He was again convicted and sentenced to death and again won a new trial. After his third trial, he was again convicted and sentenced to death. This is his direct appeal.

    Justice Quince is recused.

    Hillsbrough County

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

    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

    In re: Admission of Undocumented Immigrants to The Florida Bar

    SC11-2568

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    9:00

    The Florida Board of Bar Examiners has asked this Court if undocumented immigrants are eligible for admission to The Florida Bar. The question arose because of an application from Jose Godinez-Samperio, who emigrated from Mexico at the age of 9 with his parents to live in the United States. Mr. Godinez-Samperio, an undocumented immigrant, graduated from an accredited law school and passed Florida's bar exam.

    Statewide impact

    D.M.T. v. T.M.H

    SC12-261

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    Approx. 9:40
    D.M.T. and T.M.H. became involved in a custody dispute over a child after their lesbian relationship ended. D.M.T. gave birth to the child. T.M.H. was the egg donor. After their breakup, T.M.H. requested parenting rights. D.M.T. argued T.M.H. had no legal rights to make such claims. A Florida statute states that donors of eggs, sperm or preembryos relinquish all parental rights. The trial court granted summary judgment to D.M.T. and T.M.H. appealed. The Fifth District Court of Appeal ruled that the statute was unconstitutional.
    Brevard County

    State Farm v. Robin Curran

    SC12-157

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    Approx. 10:30
    After Ms. Curran was hurt in a traffic accident, she sued State Farm seeking payment of the policy limits under her uninsured motorist insurance policy with State Farm. State Farm argued Ms. Curran forfeited coverage under the policy because she failed to comply with the policy requirement that she be examined by a physician chosen by State Farm prior to initiating litigation. The trial court disagreed with State Farm's argument and awarded Ms. Curran $100,000 and State Farm appealed. The Fifth District Court of Appeal ultimately held for Ms. Curran.
    Brevard County

    Raymond James Financial Services v. Barbara J. Phillips

    SC11-2513

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    Approx. 11:10
    Ms. Phillips and other clients of Raymond James accused the company of negligence, fraud and other violations in a claim filed with an arbitration panel. Raymond James argued the claims were barred by statutes of limitations. The clients then went to court, seeking a ruling that Florida's statute of limitations does not apply to arbitration. The trial court agreed with them. The Second District Court of Appeal upheld the result of that ruling and certified the issue as one of great importance for this Court to consider.
    Collier County

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

    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

    William A. Gregory v. State of Florida

    SC11-842

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    REMOVED
    Mr. Gregory was convicted of the first-degree murders of Skyler Meekins and Daniel Dyer, who were fatally shot in 2007. The jury voted 7-5 to recommend a death sentence for each murder and the trial court imposed two death sentences on Mr. Gregory. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.
    Flagler County

    Daniel O. Conahan, Jr. v. State of Florida

    SC11-615 | SC11-2504

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    Approx. 9:00

    Mr. Conahan was convicted of the first-degree murder of Richard Montgomery, who was fatally strangled in 1996. The jury voted unanimously to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him to death. This Court upheld the death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Conahan filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.

    Charlotte County

    Donna Franks v. Gary John Bowers, M.D.

    SC11-1258

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    Approx. 9:40
    Ms. Franks brought a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Bowers after the death of her husband. Dr. Bowers argued Mr. Franks had signed an arbitration agreement when he first sought medical care. The trial court ordered arbitration and the First District Court of Appeal upheld that ruling.
    Duval County

    Eric M. Young v. State of Florida

    SC11-2151

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    Approx. 10:20
    Mr. Young was convicted of armed burglary of a dwelling, armed robbery and armed carjacking and sentenced to 20 years in prison on each count. He challenged the convictions for burglary and carjacking; the Fifth District Court of Appeal upheld the convictions.
    Orange County

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

    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

    John Errol Ferguson v. State of Florida

    SC12-1987

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    Approx.
    9:00
    Mr. Ferguson is under a death warrant with an execution date scheduled for October 16, 2012, at 6:00pm. Mr. Ferguson raises several constitutional issues. Miami-Dade County

    Bob Graham v. Mike Haridopolos

    SC11-2453

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    Approx.
    9:40

    Mr. Graham and others filed a lawsuit challenging the power of the Legislature to set tuition and fees at state universities after voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2002 creating a Board of Governors to manage and operate state universities. The trial court ruled the amendment did not transfer the power to set tuition from the Legislature to the new Board of Governors. The First District Court of Appeal upheld that ruling. Mr. Graham and the other petitioners asked this Court to review the case.

    Statewide impact

    Southern Alliance for Clean Energy v. Art Graham

    SC11-2465

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    Approx. 10:20
    The Florida Public Service Commission granted the petitions of Florida Power and Light and Progress Energy Florida for determination of need for their proposed nuclear power plants. The PSC later issued an order granting their related petitions filed under a law that allows recovery in rates of certain costs incurred prior to commercial operation of the plants. The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy now challenges that order, arguing that the costs at issue do not qualify for recovery under the law and that the law is unconstitutional.
    Statewide impact

    Aaron Daniels v. State of Florida

    SC11-2170

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    Rescheduled
    for 11/6/12

    Mr. Daniels was convicted of the second-degree murder of Amanda Lynn Fanter, who was fatally shot in 2007. He was sentenced to life in prison with a required minimum sentence of 25 years. On appeal, he argued the trial court made a fundamental error in the jury instructions. The Second District Court of Appeal upheld the conviction and sentence and Mr. Daniels asked this Court to review the case.
    Pinellas County

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, October 5, 2012

    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

    No cases scheduled