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    October 7 - 11, 2013

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    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
    MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2013

    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

    Shawn Tracey v.
    State of Florida

    SC11-2254
    9:00 Mr. Tracey was charged with possession of cocaine. He sought to suppress the state's evidence, arguing the police obtained it unconstitutionally when they used real-time cell phone information to track his vehicle. The trial court denied the motion and Mr. Tracey was convicted. The Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld the trial court. Mr. Tracey asks this Court to review that decision. Broward County

    Kemar Rochester v.
    State of Florida

    SC12-1932

    Approx.
    9:40
    Mr. Rochester was convicted of one count of lewd or lascivious molestation of a child under the age of 12. He asked to be sentenced to less than the 25-year minimum prison sentence in Florida statute. The trial court concluded it did not have the authority to impose a shorter sentence and sentenced him to 25 years. The Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld the sentence and certified conflict with previous case law. This review followed. Broward County

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2013

    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

    Dennis Dorsey v.
    Robert Reider

    SC12-2197

    9:00 Mr. Dorsey was struck in the head after leaving a bar. Mr. Reider’s companion was convicted of aggravated battery. Mr. Dorsey sued Mr. Reider, accusing him of negligence in the events leading up to the attack. The jury awarded damages to Mr. Dorsey as compensation for the injuries he suffered in the attack. Mr. Reider appealed and the Third District Court of Appeal reversed the trial court. Mr. Dorsey sought review by this Court, citing conflict with previous case law.

    Justice Lewis is recused.

    Dade
    County

    Rasheem Dubose v.
    State of Florida

    SC10-2363
    Approx.
    9:40
    Mr. Dubose was convicted of the first-degree murder of 8-year-old Dreshawna Washington-Davis, who was fatally shot in 2006 when her house was sprayed with gunfire. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him to death. This is his direct appeal. Duval County

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013

    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

    Patricia Young et al. v.
    Norva Achenbauch, et al.

    SC12-988
    9:00 Ms. Achenbauch and other flight attendants sued the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute, alleging problems with how the research institute was managed and its funds spent. Ms. Young, who sits on the institute’s board of trustees, was a flight attendant in the original lawsuit against the tobacco industry that led to the creation of the institute. She argued the attorneys representing the critics should be disqualified because of a conflict of interest. The trial court agreed but the Third District Court of Appeal reversed the trial court and reinstated the attorneys. Ms. Young seeks review by this Court. Dade
    County

    Charles Peterson v.
    State of Florida

    and

    Charles Peterson v.
    Michael Crews, etc.


    SC12-1442 & SC13-47
    Approx. 9:40 Mr. Peterson was convicted of the first-degree murder of John Cardoso, who was fatally shot during a store robbery on Christmas Eve in 1997. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend a death sentence and Mr. Peterson was condemned. This Court upheld the death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Peterson filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed. Pinellas
    County

    Humberto Delgado Jr. v.
    State of Florida

    SC12-579

    Approx.
    10:30
    Mr. Delgado was convicted of the first-degree murder of police officer Michael Roberts, who was fatally shot in 2009. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Delgado to death. This is his direct appeal. Hillsborough
    County

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013

    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

    Richard England v.
    State of Florida

    and

    Richard England v. Michael Crews, etc.

    SC11-2038 & SC13-705

     

    9:00 Mr. England was convicted of the first-degree murder of Howard Wetherell, who was fatally beaten in his home in 2001. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him. This Court upheld the death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. England filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed. Volusia
    County
    Arthur Martin v.
    State of Florida

    SC12-1762

    Approx.
    9:40
    Mr. Martin was convicted of the first-degree murder of Javon Daniels, who was fatally shot in 2009. The jury voted 9-3 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Martin to death. This is his direct appeal.
    Duval County

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2013

    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

    Visiting Nurse Association of Florida, Inc. v.
    Jupiter Medical Center, Inc.

    SC11-2468
    9:00 The Visiting Nurse Association filed an arbitration claim against Jupiter Medical Center, alleging breach of contract. After arbitration, the nurses association was awarded damages. The medical center challenged the award in court, arguing the arbitration panel had illegally interpreted the contract. The trial court confirmed the award but the Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled the legality of the contract must be determined by a court before enforcing an award based on the contract. The nurses association seeks review by this Court, arguing conflict with previous case law. Palm Beach
    County

    Toney Davis v.
    State of Florida

    and

    Toney Davis v.
    Michael Crews, etc.

    SC12-115 & SC13-424

    Approx.
    9:40
    Mr. Davis was convicted of the first-degree murder of 2-year-old Caleasha Cunningham, who died in 1992 of cerebral hemorrhage caused by blows to her head. The jury voted 11-1 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him. This Court upheld the death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Davis filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed. Duval
    County