[SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA]
Oral Argument Press Summaries
April 3-7, 2000

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, April 3, 2000
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Suzanne M. Boschen v. City of Clearwater

No. 96,874

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9:00 In May 1999 the City of Clearwater filed suit to validate a $12 million bond issue to be used for beach redevelopment, including measures that allegedly would reduce vehicular and pedestrian accidents at intersections. The City's charter requires a referendum for bond issues exceeding $1 million except for measures to improve public health and safety, among other things. A citizen challenged the validity of the bond on grounds its primary purpose was aesthetic. The trial court entered an order validating the bond, and the citizen appealed.  Pinellas County
The Florida Bar v. Bernard Marc Mogil

No. 94,861

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Approx. 9:40 Mogil was removed from office as a New York judge and later disbarred by the New York Bar for alleged misconduct. The Florida Bar brought charges to also disbar him in Florida based on the New York action against him. Mogil contends that the New York disbarment alone was insufficient reason to also disbar him in Florida. New York
Newton Carlton Slawson v. State of Florida

No. 90,045

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Approx. 10:10 Slawson was convicted and sentenced to death on four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Gerald & Peggy Wood and their two children Jennifer and Glendon, and this Court affirmed on direct appeal. Collateral counsel later filed a postconvction motion on Slawson's behalf and appealed to this Court after the trial court summarily denied the motion. While such appeal was pending, Slawson moved to have collateral counsel discharged and the appeal dismissed. After several proceedings, the trial court determined that Slawson was competent to make a knowing, intelligent, and voluntary waiver of counsel and proceedings. That determination is now before the Court for review. Hillsborough County
City of Hollywood v. Albert Lombardi

No. 96,482

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Approx. 10:50 While working as a building inspector for the City, Lombardi suffered an injury when he fell during a home inspection and as a result became permanently and totally disabled. He began receiving benefits from the City but also sued the owners of the home and received a settlement from them. The First District Court of Appeal certified two questions for review involving how to offset the settlement from the benefits due Lombardi. Broward County

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Tuesday, April 4, 2000
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Raymond O. Dixon v. GAB Business Services, Inc.

No. 96,239

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9:00 Dixon was injured in a car accident while making a delivery for his employer and, as a result, became permanently and totally disabled and started receiving benefits from the employer. He had retirement benefits from a prior career and also received Social Security benefits. This case asks how to calculate worker's compensation benefits in light of the other benefits Dixon was receiving. Orange County
Ricardo Gonzalez v. State of Florida

No. 94,154

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Approx. 9:40 Gonzalez was convicted and sentenced to death for the Jan. 3, 1992, murder of police officer Steven Bauer during a robbery of the Kislak National Bank. On appeal, a new sentencing was ordered due to errors at trial. At the new proceeding, Gonzalez again was sentenced to death. He appeals. Dade County
Donald Lee Bradley v. State of Florida

No. 93,373

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Approx. 10:30 On Nov. 7, 1995, Jack Jones was murdered in his Lake Asbury home during a purported home invasion robbery. Bradley, the victim's wife Linda, and others were arrested for the murder. Linda Jones received life in prison, while Bradley was sentenced to death. He appeals. Clay County

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Wednesday, April 5, 2000
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
Charles Michael Kight v. State of Florida

No. 95,208

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9:00 Kight was convicted and sentenced to death for the December 1982 murder of Jacksonville cab driver Lawrence Butler. His conviction and sentence were affirmed on appeal. He now challenges the validity of his sentence. Duval County
Provident Management Corp. v. City of Treasure Island

No. 96,000

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Approx. 9:40 In 1984 Provident contracted with Land's End Condominium owners to rent their units to tourists. The City concluded this violated zoning ordinances and, starting in 1990, obtained injunctions prohibiting this activity. The injunctions were lifted in 1993, but Provident sued alleging that its business had been destroyed by wrongful injunctions. At trial the City was ordered to pay more than $1 million in damages. A series of appeals followed.  Pinellas County
Joseph J. Ramirez v. State of Florida

No. 92,975

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Approx. 10:30 Ramirez was arrested for the murder of Mary Jane Quinn, whose body was found on Christmas Day 1983 in the Miami Federal Express building. His first two convictions were reversed due to errors at trial. At his third trial he was convicted and sentenced to death on a 9-to-3 jury recommendation. He appeals.  Dade County
John Loveman Reese v. State of Florida

No. 91,411

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Approx. 11:30 Reese was convicted and sentenced to death for the January 1992 strangulation murder of Sharlene Austin, his girlfriend's best friend. On appeal, a new sentencing was ordered due to errors in the trial court. The judge again sentenced Reese to death. He appeals. Duval County

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Thursday, April 6, 2000
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
NO CASES SCHEDULED

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Friday, April 7, 2000
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Case Time Facts & Issues Place of Origin
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