Oral Argument Schedule & Briefs

Oral Argument Schedule & Briefs

April 6-10 & 22, 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, April 6, 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

Ray Jackson v. State of Florida

SC07-1233

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 9:00

Mr. Jackson was convicted of the first-degree murder of Pallis Paulk, whose remains were found in a shallow grave in 2005. The jury voted 9-3 to recommenda death sentence and Mr. Jackson was condemned by the trial court. This is hisdirect appeal. He raises various issues.

Volusia County

Fred Anderson, Jr. v. State of Florida

SC07-648 | SC08-644

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Approx. 10:00

Mr. Anderson was convicted of the first-degree murder of Heather Young, whowas fatally shot during a bank robbery in 1999. The jury voted unanimously torecommend a death sentence and Mr. Anderson was condemned. This Courtupheld the death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Anderson filed apost-conviction challenge in trial court. The trial court upheld his murder conviction and death sentence and this appeal followed. He also filed a petition for writof habeas corpus raising various issues.

Lake County

In re: Amendments to the Rules of Judicial Administration

SC08-1658

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Approx. 10:40

The Commission on Trial Court Performance and Accountability proposedvarious rule changes concerning court reporting services and the use of electronicrecordings of court proceedings, including changing their status as court records. The Court asked the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee and the Appellate Court Rules Committee to provide recommendations concerning the proposedchanges.

State-wide impact

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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Case

 Time

Facts & Issues

Place of Origin

Inquiry Concerning a Judge: Cheryl Aleman

SC07-198

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9:00

County Court Judge Cheryl Aleman has been summoned before the Court to receive a public reprimand for ethical misconduct.

Broward County

The Florida Bar v. Martin Edward Doyle

SC06-2080 | SC08-69

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Approx. 9:10

In the first of these disciplinary cases, The Florida Bar alleges that Mr. Doyle violated ethical standards for lawyers by engaging in fraud and misuse of money inhis law firm's trust account and soliciting investment in non-existent ventures. Inthe second case, he is charged with violating an order from this Court suspendinghim from the practice of law. The trial judge assigned to hear the case as a refereeconcluded Mr. Doyle committed these violations and recommended he bepermanently disbarred.

Miami-Dade County

Steven Douglas Hayward v. State of Florida

SC07-1234

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Approx. 9:40

Mr. Hayward was convicted of the first-degree murder of Daniel Destefano, whowas fatally shot in 2005 during a robbery. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend adeath sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Hayward. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.

St. Lucie County

Michael James Jackson v. State of Florida

SC07-2008

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Approx. 10:40

Mr. Jackson was convicted of the first-degree murders of Reggie and CarolSumner, who were kidnapped from their home and buried alive in 2005. The juryvoted 8-4 to recommend a death sentence for each murder and the trial court condemned him for each murder. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.

Duval County

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Wednesday, April 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

No cases scheduled

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Thursday, April 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

No cases scheduled

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Friday, April 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

No cases scheduled 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Wednesday, April 22, 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

G.M. v. State of Florida

SC08-1102

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10:00

G.M., a juvenile, was charged with one count of marijuana possession in 2006. Inthe trial court, he argued that police violated his constitutional protection againstunreasonable seizure by driving up behind the parked car he was sitting in and activating their emergency police lights without a reasonable suspicion of criminalactivity. The trial court disagreed. The Third District Court of Appeal upheld thetrial court's ruling and this appeal followed.

Miami-Dade County

Liberty Counsel v. The Florida Bar Board of Governors

SC09-363

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10:40

Liberty Counsel filed for injunctive relief regarding The Florida Bar Board of Governors' vote to allow the Bar's Family Law Section to file an amicus brief. Thatbrief would be in an appeal from a court ruling striking as unconstitutional a statestatute that bars homosexuals from adopting.

State-wide impact