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    November 4 - 8, 2013

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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 4, 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

    Swearing in of John A. Tomasino as Clerk of the Florida Supreme Court

    9:00 Tallahassee attorney John Tomasino will become the Court’s twenty-first clerk of court since statehood after receiving the oath of office in the courtroom well.  

    Gary Whitton v. State of Florida

    and

    Gary Whitton v. Michael Crews, etc.

    SC11-2083 & SC12-2522

    Approx.
    9:05

    Mr. Whitton was convicted of the first-degree murder of James Mauldin, who was fatally beaten and stabbed in 1990. The jury voted unanimously to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Whitton.  This Court upheld the death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Whitton filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.

    Walton
    County

    Tina Brown v. State of Florida

    SC12-2159

    Approx.
    9:45

    Ms. Brown was convicted of the first-degree murder of Audreanna Zimmerman, who was fatally beaten and set on fire in 2010. The jury voted unanimously to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned her to death. This is her direct appeal.

    Escambia
    County

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 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

    Stacy Sanislo, et al., v. Give Kids the World, Inc.

    SC12-2409

    9:00

    The Sanislos sued Give Kids the World (GKTW) for negligence after Ms. Sanislo was injured during a trip financed by GKTW. GKTW filed a motion for summary judgment arguing that liability release forms signed by the Sanislos exempted GKTW from liability. The trial court denied that motion. Following a jury verdict, the court entered judgment in favor of the Sanislos. The Fifth DCA reversed, finding that the release forms barred the lawsuit despite the lack of language expressly referring to “negligence.” The Sanislos asked this Court to review the case, noting the Fifth DCA’s decision conflicts with rulings from all other district courts of appeal in Florida.

    Osceola
    County

    Terence Oliver v. State of Florida

    SC12-1350

    Approx. 9:40 Mr. Oliver was convicted of the first-degree murders of Andrea Richardson and Krystal Pinson, who were fatally shot in 2009. The jury voted unanimously to recommend a death sentence for each murder and the trial court condemned him to death for each murder. This is his direct appeal. Brevard
    County

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
    WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 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

    Citrus County Hospital Board, etc., et al. v. Citrus Memorial Health Foundation, Inc., etc.

    SC13-411

    9:00

    Citrus Memorial Health Foundation challenged a new state law giving the Citrus County Hospital Board greater authority over the foundation, alleging the law unconstitutionally impaired the foundation’s contracts. The foundation, a not-for-profit organization, has administered the only public hospital in Citrus County under agreements with the hospital board for more than 20 years. The board is a special taxing district created by the Legislature in 1949.  The trial court ruled in favor of the board but the First District Court of Appeal overturned that decision and ruled for the foundation.

    Leon
    County

    James Turner v. State of Florida

    SC12-2271

    Approx.
    9:40

    Mr. Turner was convicted of the first-degree murder of Renee Boling Howard, who was fatally stabbed in 2005. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence and Mr. Turner was condemned.  This Court upheld the death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Turner filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.

    St. Johns
    County

    Carl Dausch v. State of Florida

    SC12-1161

    Approx.
    10:30
    Mr. Dausch was convicted of the first-degree murder of Adrian Mobley, who was fatally beaten in 1987. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him to death. This is his direct appeal. Sumter
    County

    State of Florida v. Kerrick Van Teamer

    SC13-318

    Approx.
    11:30

    Mr. Van Teamer was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop, which led to a temporary detention and a vehicle search. He argued the drugs found in his vehicle should not be used against him because the initial traffic stop was not reasonable. The trial court disagreed, and Mr. Van Teamer was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison. He appealed to the First District Court of Appeal, which agreed with him that the evidence should not have been allowed.

    Escambia
    County

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 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

    Timothy Hurst v. State of Florida

    SC12-1947

    9:00

    Mr. Hurst was convicted of the first-degree murder of Cynthia Harrison, who was fatally stabbed and slashed in 1998. He was condemned and this Court upheld his death sentence on direct appeal. Mr. Hurst filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied but on appeal this Court vacated the death sentence. At Mr. Hurst’s second sentencing hearing, the jury voted 7-5 to recommend a death sentence. The trial court condemned him a second time. This is his direct appeal of his second death sentence.

    Escambia
    County

    Peguy Delva v. The Continental Group, Inc.

    SC12-2315

    Approx.
    9:40

    Ms. Delva filed a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit against her former employer, The Continental Group.  She alleged her treatment violated the Florida Civil Rights Act. The employer argued the lawsuit should be dismissed because pregnancy discrimination is not covered by the state law. The trial court agreed as did the Third District Court of Appeal. Ms. Delva asked this Court to review the case.

    Dade
    County

    Richard Masone v. City of Aventura

    and

    City of Orlando v. Michael Udowychenko, etc., et al.

    SC12-644 & SC12-1471

    Approx.
    10:30

    In these consolidated cases, Mr. Masone and Mr. Udowychenko challenge the legality of city ordinances that authorize the use of unmanned red-light cameras to cite and fine owners of cars that are photographed running red lights.  The Third District Court of Appeal upheld Aventura’s ordinance. A few weeks later, the Fifth District Court of Appeal ruled against Orlando’s ordinance. One of the legal issues in both cases is whether state law preempts these municipal ordinances.

    Dade
    County / Orange
    County

    Lamont Taylor v. State of Florida

    SC12-2318

    Approx.
    11:30

    Mr. Taylor was sentenced to 22 years in prison on drug charges.  This sentence was upheld on appeal and he filed a postconviction challenge in trial court. His sentencing claim was granted and he was resentenced to 15 years, but his other claims were denied.  Mr. Taylor challenged the new sentence on appeal, but it was upheld.  Mr. Taylor later sought to appeal the denial of his other postconviction claims, but the Fifth District Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal, ruling that it was not filed on time.

    Orange
    County

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 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

    No cases scheduled.