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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 6, 2010

    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

    Thomas William Rigterink v. State of Florida

    SC05-2162

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    9:00

    Mr. Rigterink was convicted of the first-degree murders of Jeremy Jarvis and Allison Sousa, who were fatally stabbed in 2003. The jury voted 7-2 to recommend a death sentence for each murder and the trial court condemned him. On direct appeal, this Court ruled that the Miranda warnings given to Mr. Rigterink during questioning were unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court reversed and returned the case for new proceedings here.

    Polk County

    Robert Bennett v. St. Vincent’s Medical Center

    SC10-364 | SC10-390

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    Approx. 10:00
    Robert and Tammy Bennett sued St. Vincent's and other health care providers after their newborn daughter suffered neurological injuries that left her permanently impaired. An administrative law judge agreed with the parents that they could file suit in court and were not limited by state law to seeking compensation through the Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association (NICA). The First District Court of Appeal, however, overturned that ruling. Both the Bennetts and NICA sought this Court's review and assert that the 1st DCA erred by too broadly defining the injuries that are covered by the NICA Plan.
    Duval County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Tuesday, December 7, 2010

    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

    Ray Lamar Johnston v. State of Florida

    SC09-496 | SC09-2148

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    9:00

    Mr. Johnston was convicted of the first-degree murder of Janice Nugent, who was strangled in her home in February 1997. The jury voted 7-5 to recommend a death sentence. The trial court condemned him but later granted him a new penalty hearing. After the second penalty hearing, the jury voted 11-1 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him again. This Court upheld the sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Johnston filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was rejected and this appeal followed. He raises various issues.

    Hillsborough County

    Ray Lamar Johnston v. State of Florida

    SC09-780 | SC10-75

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    Approx. 9:40
    Mr. Johnston was convicted of the first-degree murder of Leanne Coryell, who was strangled in August 1997. The jury voted unanimously to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him. This Court upheld the sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Johnston filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed. He raises various issues.
    Hillsborough Couinty

    The Florida Bar v. Patrick Mirk

    SC08-1423

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    Approx. 10:30
    In this disciplinary case, the Florida Bar accuses Mr. Mirk of violating the ethical standards for attorneys by spending client funds entrusted to him. The trial judge considering the case as a referee concluded that Mr. Mirk did violate the ethical standards and has recommended that this Court disbar Mr. Mirk. The Bar supports the referee's conclusions. Mr. Mirk argues the referee's findings should be rejected.
    Hillsborough County

    The Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County v. Odette Acanda

    SC10-302

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    Approx. 11:00

    Odette Acanda sued the Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County, d/b/a Jackson Memorial Hospital, for negligence after Acanda's five-day-old son, Ryan, died from a severe bacterial infection. The jury found the Trust liable for Ryan's death, and awarded damages. The Trust appealed to the Third District Court of Appeal, which affirmed the judgment. The Trust challenges the district court's decision and raises various issues.

    Miami-Dade County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    J.B. Parker v. State of Florida

    SC08-1385

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    9:00

    Mr. Parker was convicted of the first-degree murder of Frances Slater, who was fatally shot and stabbed in 1982. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him. After various unsuccessful appeals and post-conviction challenges, Mr. Parker won a new penalty hearing. After that hearing, the jury voted 11-1 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him. This Court upheld Mr. Parker's second death sentence on direct appeal and he filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed. He raises various issues.

     

    Martin County

    Tai A. Pham v. State of Florida

    SC08-2355

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    Approx. 9:40
    Mr. Pham was convicted for the first-degree murder of his estranged wife, Phi "Amy" Pham, who was fatally stabbed in her home in 2005. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned him. This is Mr. Pham's direct appeal. He raises various issues.
    Seminole County

    Shands Teaching Hospital v. Mercury Insurance Co.

    SC09-2069

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    Approx. 10:40

    Shands Teaching Hospital sued Mercury Insurance after the company paid a $10,000 settlement to a woman who had been hospitalized in Shands. The suit alleged that Mercury failed to comply with state law giving the hospital a lien on such settlements in order to recoup the cost of the care it provided. Mercury argued the lien law violated the state constitution. The trial court disagreed with Mercury but the First District Court of Appeal reversed that ruling. This appeal followed.

    Alachua County

    Leonardo Marrero v. State of Florida

    SC09-2390

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    Approx. 11:20
    Mr. Marrero was convicted of felony criminal mischief after driving a pickup truck into the entrance of a casino, damaging four glass entrance doors. He argued that the state failed to prove that the damage he caused hit the $1,000 threshold for the felony charge. The state argued the jury could judge the extent of the damage based on a videotape and their life experience. The trial court denied his motion and the Third District Court of Appeal upheld that ruling. This appeal followed.
    Miami-Dade County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, December 9, 2010

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    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    No cases scheduled 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, December 10, 2010

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    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    No cases scheduled