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    Oral Argument Schedule & Briefs

    November 2-6, 2009

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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, November 2, 2009

    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

    The Florida Bar v. Ann Bitterman

    SC07-1071

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    9:00

    The Bar accused Ms. Bitterman of presenting herself as an attorney in good standing when, in fact, she was suspended from the practice of law for a past ethical violation. The judge assigned to the case as a referee found Ms. Bitterman in contempt of this Court's earlier order of suspension. The referee recommended that this Court suspend Ms. Bitterman for 30 days and then place her on probation for three years. The Bar argues Ms. Bitterman should be disbarred; Ms. Bitterman argues the recommended discipline is appropriate.

    Miami-Dade County

    Ronald Wayne Clark, Jr. v. State of Florida

    SC07-2318

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    Approx. 9:30 Mr. Clark was convicted of the first-degree murder of Ronald Willis, who was fatally shot in 1990. The jury voted 11-1 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Clark. This Court upheld the sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Clark filed a postconviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed. Duval County

    Galante Romar Phillips v. State of Florida

    SC08-1882

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    Approx. 10:10 Mr. Phillips was convicted of the first-degree murder of Christopher Aligada, who was fatally shot in 2005. The jury voted 7-5 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Phillips. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues. Duval County

    Lionel Michael Miller v. State of Florida

    SC08-287

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    Approx. 11:10 Mr. Miller was convicted of the first-degree murder of Jerry Smith, who was fatally stabbed in 2006. The jury voted 11-1 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Miller. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues. Orange County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Tuesday, November 3, 2009

    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

     

     

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    In re: Amendments to Florida Rules of Civil Procedure (Foreclosures)

    SC09-1460

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    9:00

    The Supreme Court Task Force on Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Cases has proposed emergency changes to court rules and forms to facilitate early, equitable resolution of residential mortgage foreclosure cases.

    Statewide impact

    In re: Final Report of the Task Force on Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Cases

    Website

    Approx. 9:30 The Chief Justice created this task force in March 2009 to recommend ways of dealing with the huge increase in residential mortgage foreclosures in Florida. The task force filed this report with the Court. Statewide impact

    Alan Lyndell Wade v. State of Florida

    SC08-573

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    Approx. 10:00 Mr. Wade was convicted of the first-degree murders of Carol and James Sumner, who were kidnapped from their home in 2005 and buried alive. The jury voted 11-1 to recommend death sentences and the trial court condemned Mr. Wade. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues. Duval County

    Cary Michael Lambrix v. State of Florida

    SC08-64

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    11:00

    Mr. Lambrix was convicted of the 1983 first-degree murders of Aleisha Bryant and Clarence Moore. Ms. Bryant was strangled and Mr. Moore was fatally beaten. The jury voted 10-2 and 8-4 to recommend death sentences and the trial court condemned Mr. Lambrix. This Court upheld his sentences on direct appeal. Mr. Lambrix continued to unsuccessfully challenge his convictions in state and federal court. When the trial court denied his latest post-conviction motion, this appeal followed.

    Chief Justice Quince is recused.

    Glades County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, November 5, 2009

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    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    No cases scheduled

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, November 6, 2009

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    Case

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    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    No cases scheduled