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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 5, 2011

    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 6, 2011

    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

    Michael Gordon Reynolds v. State of Florida

    SC10-1602 | SC11-693

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    9:00

    Mr. Reynolds was convicted of the first-degree murders of Robin Razor and Christina Razor, who were fatally beaten and stabbed in 1998, and the second-degree murder of Danny Privett, who was fatally beaten. The jury voted unanimously to recommend two death sentences for the first-degree murders and the trial court condemned Mr. Reynolds. This Court upheld his death sentences on direct appeal and Mr. Reynolds filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.

    Seminole County

    Maronda Homes Inc. v. Lakeview Reserve Homeowners Association Inc.

    SC10-2292 | SC10-2336

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    Approx. 9:40
    Lakeview Reserve Homeowners Association alleged there were defects in the roadways, retention ponds and drainage system of its subdivision. The homeowners association sued the subdivision developer and a construction company the developer hired to work on the site. The trial court granted summary judgment to the developer and builder. The Fifth District Court of Appeal, however, overturned the trial court's ruling. Maronda Homes and T.D. Thomson Construction asked this court to review that decision by the 5th DCA.
    Orange County

    State of Florida v. Luke Jarrod Adkins

    SC11-1878

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    Approx. 10:30
    The trial court dismissed drug possession charges filed against Mr. Adkins and some 40 other defendants, agreeing with them that the statute used in their cases was unconstitutional. The court ruled the defendants were deprived of due process because the law did not require that they know the substance in their possession was an illegal drug. The state appealed to the Second District Court of Appeal. The 2nd DCA asked this Court to take the case immediately to resolve the statewide uncertainty about use of this statute in prosecutions for drug offenses.

    Manatee County

    Statewide impact

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    Michael Renard Jackson v. State of Florida

    SC10-1646

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    9:00

    Mr. Jackson was convicted of the first-degree murder and sexual battery of Andrea Boyer, who was fatally attacked in 2007 and died from either strangulation or blows to her head. The jury voted 9-3 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Jackson. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.

    Clay County

    Justin Koren v. School Board of Miami-Dade County

    SC10-2366

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    Approx. 10:00
    Mr. Koren, a middle-school teacher, alleged he was the victim of retaliation on the job after he helped another employee prepare a sexual harassment charge. He filed charges of "unfair labor practices" with the Public Employees Relations Commission. The commission, however, concluded that Mr. Koren's allegations did not rise to the level of unfair labor practices. The Third District Court of Appeal upheld that decision. This appeal followed.
    Miami-Dade County

    Gary Berne v. Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles

    SC10-2460

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    Approx. 10:40
    Mr. Berne was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence and his driver's license was suspended. He challenged the suspension, arguing the equipment used to test his breath had not been properly approved for use. An administrative hearing officer upheld the suspension. Mr. Berne appealed that decision to the circuit court, which overturned the hearing officer. The department appealed that ruling to the Fifth District Court of Appeal, which overturned the circuit court. Mr. Berne asked this Court to review the decision by the 5th DCA.
    Orange County

    The Florida Bar v. Brian Gerard Doherty

    SC10-332

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    Approx. 11:20
    In this disciplinary case, The Florida Bar accuses Mr. Doherty of violating the ethical standards for attorneys, including a requirement that attorneys disclose potential conflicts of interest in business transactions with clients. The trial judge considering the case as a referee concluded that Mr. Doherty had violated the ethical standards and has recommended that this Court disbar him.
    Lee County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Thursday, December 8, 2011

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    Terance Valentine v. State of Florida

    SC10-1463 | SC11-427

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    9:00

    Mr. Valentine was convicted of and condemned for the first-degree murder of Ferdinand Porche, who was fatally shot in 1988. This Court vacated the death sentence and reversed the conviction. On retrial, Mr. Valentine was again convicted. He waived a sentencing hearing before a jury and the judge condemned him to death again. This Court upheld that sentence on direct appeal. Mr. Valentine filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.

    Justice Quince is recused.

    Hillsborough County

    Randall T. Deviney v. State of Florida

    SC10-1436

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    Approx. 9:40
    Mr. Deviney was convicted of the first-degree murder of Delores Futrell, who was fatally attacked in 2008 and died from blood loss after her throat was cut. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Deviney. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.
    Duval County

    Jeremy Haygood v. State of Florida

    SC11-294

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    Approx. 10:40
    Mr. Haygood was convicted of the second-degree murder of Jeanne Tuckey. He appealed to the Second District Court of Appeal, which upheld the conviction but certified to this Court a legal question of great public importance concerning error in the manslaughter jury instruction.
    Pinellas County

    Ramsey Hasan v. Lanny Garvar DMD

    SC10-1361

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    Approx. 11:20
    Mr. Hasan filed a dental malpractice case against Dr. Garvar and intended to depose another dentist for the case. Both dentists had the same insurer. That insurer retained one attorney for Dr. Garvar and another for the other dentist. Mr. Hasan asked the trial court to block the attorney retained by this insurer from interviewing the second dentist. The trial court denied that motion. The Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld that ruling. This appeal followed.
    Broward County

     

     

    Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

    Friday, December 9, 2011

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    Case

     Time

    Facts & Issues

    Place of Origin

    No cases scheduled