Oral Argument Schedule & Briefs

Oral Argument Schedule & Briefs

April 4 to 8, 2011

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Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Monday, April 4, 2011

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Case

 Time

Facts & Issues

Place of Origin

No case scheduled 

 

 

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Tuesday, April 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

Matthew Lee Caylor v. State of Florida

SC09-2366

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9:00

Mr. Caylor was convicted of the sexual battery and first-degree murder of a13-year-old girl who was strangled in 2008. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend adeath sentence and the trial court condemned him. This is Mr. Caylor's directappeal. He raises various issues.

Bay County

Rayvon L. Boatman v. State of Florida

SC10-1630

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Approx. 10:00

The state sought to have Mr. Boatman committed as a sexually violent predatorunder the Jimmy Ryce Act following his scheduled release from prison. The state,however, asked for a delay in the trial for civil commitment. Mr. Boatmenopposed the delay. The trial court allowed the postponement and Mr. Boatmenwas committed. On appeal, the First District Court of Appeal agreed that the trialcourt had erred in giving the state a postponement. But the 1st DCA also upheldMr. Boatman's commitment, concluding he had waited too long to appeal.

Escambia County

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

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Case

 Time

Facts & Issues

Place of Origin

Thomas Anthony Wyatt v. State of Florida

SC08-656 | SC10-632

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9:00

Mr. Wyatt was convicted of the first-degree murder of Cathy Nydegger, who wasfatally shot in 1988. The jury voted 11-1 to recommend a death sentence. The trialcourt condemned Mr. Wyatt to death. This Court upheld the death sentence ondirect appeal and Mr. Wyatt filed a post-conviction challenge in trial courtattacking his conviction and sentence. It was denied and this appeal followed.

Indian River Count

Thomas Anthony Wyatt v. State of Florida

SC08-655 | SC09-556

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Approx. 9:40

Mr. Wyatt was convicted of the first-degree murders of William Edwards, F.E. and Matthew Bornoosh, who were fatally shot in 1988. The jury votedunanimously to recommend a death sentence for each murder. The trial courtcondemned Mr. Wyatt to death. This Court upheld the death sentence on directappeal and Mr. Wyatt filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It wasdenied and this appeal followed.

Indian River County

Florida Insurance Guaranty Ass’n, Inc. v. DevonNeighborhood Association, Inc.

SC10-347

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Approx. 10:30

Property owned by Devon Neighborhood Association was damaged by ahurricane. Devon received reimbursement for its claims but filed additionalclaims. Devon and Florida Insurance Guaranty Association disagreed about theclaims and Devon went to court. FIGA asked for an appraisal of the damagesunder the terms of the policy, but the trial court denied that request based on aprovision of a newly-enacted statute. The Fourth District Court of Appeal upheldthe trial court. FIGA asked for review in this Court on the issue of retroactiveapplication of the statute.

Broward County

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Thursday, April 7, 2011

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Case

 Time

Facts & Issues

Place of Origin

Richard Knight v. State of Florida

SC07-841

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9:00

Mr. Knight was convicted of the first-degree murders of Odessia Stephens and her4-year-old daughter, Hanessia Mullings, who were fatally stabbed in 2000. Thejury voted unanimously to recommend death sentences and the trial courtcondemned him. This is Mr. Knight's direct appeal. He raises various issues.

Broward County

John M. Buzia v. State of Florida

SC10-31 | SC10-1645

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Approx. 10:00

Mr. Buzia was convicted of the first-degree murder of Charles Kersch, a71-year-old who was fatally beaten in 2000. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend adeath sentence and the trial court condemned him. This Court upheld the sentenceon direct appeal and Mr. Buzia filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. Itwas denied and this appeal followed.

Seminole County

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Friday, April 8, 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