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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 31, 2011

    Arrive early. Times & order of appearance are tentative and subject to change with no notice. Cases may be postponed due to exigent circumstances.

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    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    David James Martin v. State of Florida

    SC10-539

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    9:00

    Mr. Martin was convicted of the first-degree murder of Jacey McWilliams, who was fatally beaten in 2008. The jury voted 9-3 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Martin. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.

     

    Clay County

    Michael A. Tanzi v. State of Florida

    SC10-807 | SC11-81

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    Approx. 10:00
    Mr. Tanzi pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of Janet Acosta, who was kidnapped and strangled in 2000. The jury voted unanimously to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Tanzi. This Court upheld his death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Tanzi filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.
    Monroe County

    Andrew Michael Gosciminski v. State of Florida

    SC09-2234

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    Approx. 10:40
    Mr. Gosciminski was convicted of the first-degree murder of Joan Loughman, who was fatally beaten, stabbed and cut in 2002. He was sentenced to death but this Court vacated his sentence, reversed his conviction and ordered a new trial. On retrial, he was again convicted. The jury voted 9-3 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him. This is his direct appeal of that sentence; he raises various issues.
    St. Lucie County

    Andrew Isaiah Dunbar v. State of Florida

    SC10-2296

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    Approx. 11:40
    Mr. Dunbar was sentenced to life in prison for robbery with a firearm. The trial judge did not mention a 10-year minimum mandatory term when he orally pronounced the life sentence but that provision was included in the written sentencing order. Mr. Dunbar appealed to the Fifth District Court of Appeal, arguing the written sentence was illegal because it conflicted with the oral sentence. The 5th DCA rejected that argument and this Court granted review based on express and direct conflict with a ruling by the Second District Court of Appeal in a separate case.
    Orange County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, November 3, 2011

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    Freddie Lee Hall v. State of Florida

    SC10-1335

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    9:00

    Mr. Hall was convicted of the first-degree murder of Karol Hurst, who was kidnapped, beaten, raped and fatally shot in 1978. He was sentenced to death but this Court later vacated his sentence. At a new sentencing hearing, a jury voted 8-4 to recommend a death sentence. Mr. Hall was condemned again. This Court upheld that death sentence on direct appeal. Mr. Hall later argued he could not be sentenced to death because he was mentally retarded. The trial court denied that motion. This appeal followed.

    Justice Quince is recused.

     

    Sumter County

    In re: Electronic Filing

    SC11-399

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    Approx. 9:40
    The Court considers proposals to update rules of court to accommodate the advent of electronic court records. These changes have been recommended by the various Florida Bar rules committees. The proposed changes include a statement of the general requirement that documents shall be filed via e-mail or other internet-based transmission procedures. Some exceptions to electronic filing are provided, including one for counties that do not yet have e-filing procedures approved by this Court. Other exceptions are made for things like trial exhibits, very large court filings, wills and certified copies of vital records.
    Statewide impact

    Harry Lee Butler v. State of Florida

    SC10-1133 | SC10-2458

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    Approx. 10:30
    Mr. Butler was convicted of the first-degree murder of Leslie Fleming, who was stabbed and suffocated in 1997. The jury voted 11-1 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Butler. This Court upheld his death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Butler filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.
    Pinellas County

    Robert Earl Peterson v. State of Florida

    SC10-274

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    Approx. 11:10
    Mr. Peterson was convicted of the first-degree murder of his stepfather, Roy Andrews, who was beaten and fatally shot in 2005. The jury voted 7-5 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Peterson. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.
    Duval Couunty

    Commercial Jet, Inc. V. U.S. Bank, N.A.

    SC10-2438

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    Approx. 12:10
    Commercial Jet provided repair and maintenance services on a Boeing 767 plane leased by a now-defunct company from the plane's owner, U.S. Bank. Commercial Jet later filed a mechanics lien for non-payment of its services. U.S. Bank argued that state law does not allow a lien in such a case because Commercial Jet returned the plane before filing the lien. The trial court and the Third District Court of Appeal both agreed with U.S. Bank. This Court granted review.
    Miami-Dade County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, November 4, 2011

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