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    Oral Argument Schedule & Briefs

    December 7-11, 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, December 7, 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

    Tuesday, December 8, 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

    Inquiry Concerning a Judge: Michelle Baker

    SC09-1922

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

    9:00

    The Supreme Court has ordered Judge Baker to appear for administration of a public reprimand for improper conduct. 

    Justice Polston is recused.

    Brevard County

    Eric Christopher Caldwell v. State of Florida

    SC08-1519

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

    Approx. 9:10
    Mr. Caldwell was found guilty of three auto burglaries and parole violation. He argued his statements to police should not be used against him because the officer who questioned him did not have reasonable suspicion when he read Mr. Caldwell his rights and frisked him. The trial court denied the motion and the Second District Court of Appeal upheld the trial court. Mr. Caldwell argues that the 2nd DCA decision is in conflict with decisions from other District Courts of Appeal.
    Pinellas County

    John Rando v. Government Employees Insurance Co.

    SC09-240

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    Approx. 9:50
    The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has asked this Court if Florida law lets an insurer stop policy-holders from combining benefits for uninsured motorist coverage when they have multiple policies with the insurer but one of the policies is for a car in another state. GEICO insured three cars for Mr. Rando in two separate policies. One car was used by a daughter in Delaware. A federal trial court agreed with GEICO that Mr. Rando, who was seriously hurt in a Florida accident, could not recover benefits from his policy for the Delaware car.
    Marion County

    Todd Zommer v. State of Florida

    SC08-494

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    Approx. 10:30
    Mr. Zommer was convicted of the first-degree murder of Lois Corrine Robinson, a 77-year-old woman who was fatally beaten and knifed in her home in 2005. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.
    Osceola County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, December 9, 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

    Inquiry Concerning a Judge: Mary Jane Henderson

    SC09-1416

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    9:00

    The Supreme Court has ordered Judge Henderson to appear for administration of a public reprimand for improper conduct.

    Volusia County

    James Daniel Turner v. State of Florida

    SC08-975

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    Approx. 9:10
    Mr. Turner, a South Carolina jail escapee, was convicted of the first-degree murder of Renee Howard, who was fatally stabbed in 2005. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.
    St. Johns County

    Christy Aills v. Luciano Boemi, M.D.

    SC08-2087

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    Approx. 10:10
    Ms. Aills sued Dr. Boemi for medical malpractice after surgery for a breast lift and augmentation. A jury found him negligent and awarded her $250,000 in medical expenses and $8 million for pain and suffering. The trial court lowered the award for pain and suffering to $2.5 million. After Ms. Aills refused to accept that, the court granted her a new trial on damages only. Both sides appealed and the Second District Court of Appeal ordered a new trial on all issues. Ms. Aills sought review with this Court. She argues that neither liability nor damages should be retried.
    Lee County

    The Florida Bar v. George Louis Garcia

    SC06-1881

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    Approx. 10:50

    In this disciplinary case, The Florida Bar accuses Mr. Garcia of flouting an order from this Court suspending him from the practice of law for three years. The trial judge considering the case as a referee concluded that Mr. Garcia did violate his suspension by handling trust accounts as a real estate paralegal. The referee has recommended that this Court permanently disbar Mr. Garcia.

    Miami-Dade County

    Kirk Douglas Williams v. State of Florida

    SC08-965

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    Approx. 11:20
    Mr. Williams was convicted of the first-degree murder of Susan Dykes, who was fatally beaten in 2006. The jury voted 11-1 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Williams. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.
    Walton County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, December 10, 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

    Inquiry Concerning a Judge: Peter A. Bell

    SC09-782

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    9:00

    The Supreme Court has ordered Judge Bell to appear for administration of a public reprimand for improper conduct.

    Charlotte County

    The Florida Bar v. Robert Joseph Ratiner

    SC08-689

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    Approx. 9:10
    In this disciplinary case, The Florida Bar accuses Mr. Ratiner of violating the ethical standards for attorneys by behaving aggressively and belligerently during a deposition in a civil trial. The trial judge considering the case as a referee concluded that Mr. Ratiner's behavior was extreme and that he has shown no remorse. She has recommended that this Court disbar Mr. Ratiner.
    Miami-Dade County

    State of Florida v. Freddrick Hines

    SC08-1204

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    Approx. 9:40

    Mr. Hines was convicted of robbery with a firearm and sentenced to life in prison as a prison releasee re-offender. But in a later trial on other charges he was acquitted of possession of the same gun as was used as evidence in the first trial. The First District Court of Appeal reversed his robbery conviction and asked this Court to decide whether a conviction must be reversed if a question of ultimate fact used in the case is determined differently in a later case.

    Justice Polston is recused.

    Alachua County

    Donald Lenneth Banks v. State of Florida

    SC08-1741

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    N/A
    Removed from calendar and rescheduled for March
    Duval County

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, December 11, 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