Oral Argument Schedule & Briefs

Oral Argument Schedule & Briefs

May 2 to 6, 2011

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Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Monday, May 2, 2011

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Case

 Time

Facts & Issues

Place of Origin

No case scheduled 

 

 

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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Case

 Time

Facts & Issues

Place of Origin

Lancelot Uriley Armstrong v. State of Florida

SC09-1659

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9:00

Mr. Armstrong was convicted of the first-degree murder of Broward CountyDeputy John Greeney, who was fatally shot while responding to a burglary alarmin 1990. Mr. Armstrong was condemned but his death sentence was lateroverturned on appeal. A new sentencing hearing was held; the jury voted 9-3 torecommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Armstrong. Thisis Mr. Armstrong's direct appeal of his second death sentence.

Broward County

Romildo Meister v. Elizardo Rivero

SC10-2311

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Approx. 10:00

Mr. Meister sued Mr. Rivero after an auto accident. Neither Mr. Rivero nor hisattorneys were present when the trial was supposed to begin. The attorneys werehandling another case at the time and had not advised the judge or Mr. Meister'slawyers. The judge imposed a sanction on Mr. Rivero's attorneys to compensateMr. Meister, who had taken time off work for the trial, and his attorneys, who hadprepared for trial. The Fourth District Court of Appeal, however, overturned thatdecision and asked this Court to review the issue.

Palm Beach County

The Florida Bar v. William Bedford Watson, III

SC09-2022

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Approx. 10:40

In this disciplinary case, The Florida Bar accuses Mr. Watson of participating ina scheme of financial fraud by misusing funds that were deposited into his trustaccount. The trial judge considering the case as a referee concluded that Mr.Watson was guilty of negligence but not deliberate misconduct and recommendedthat this Court suspend him for 90 days. The Bar argues the misconduct wasintentional and that this Court should disbar Mr. Watson. Mr. Watson argues therewas no fraudulent scheme and that this Court should approve the referee'srecommendations.

Alachua County

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

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Case

 Time

Facts & Issues

Place of Origin

Willie Seth Crain, Jr. V. State of Florida

SC09-1920

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9:00

Mr. Crain was convicted of the first-degree murder of 7-year-old Amanda VictoriaBrown, who disappeared in 1998. The jury voted unanimously to recommend adeath sentence. The trial court condemned Mr. Crain. This Court upheld the deathsentence on direct appeal and Mr. Crain filed a post-conviction challenge in trialcourt. It was denied and this appeal followed.

Hillsborough County

Joshua D. Nelson v. State of Florida

SC10-540

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Approx. 9:40

Mr. Lee was convicted of the first-degree murder of Thomas Owens, who wasfatally attacked with a baseball bat and box cutter in 1995. The jury votedunanimously to recommend a death sentence. The trial court condemned Mr.Nelson. This Court upheld the death sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Nelsonfiled a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and this appealfollowed.

Lee County

 David Carbajal v. State of Florida

SC10-466

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Approx. 10:30

Mr. Carbajal pleaded no contest to felony drug charges in a case filed by Florida'sstatewide prosecutor. He was sentenced to prison. Later he filed a postconvictionmotion, arguing the statewide prosecutor had no jurisdiction to prosecute himbecause all of the drug charges were from one county. The trial court denied hischallenge on the merits, and the Second District Court of Appeal ruled Mr.Carbajal had waited too long to file his motion. The Second District noted itsruling was in conflict with rulings by other district courts on the same issue.

Lee County

Robin Roshkind v. Belinda Charlene Machiela

SC10-1754

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Approx. 11:10

Ms. Machiela retained the Roshkind law firm to represent her in a dissolution ofmarriage proceeding. The Roshkind law firm later withdrew from representationand filed a charging lien to collect fees. The trial court denied that motion becausethe firm did not present expert testimony on reasonable legal fees. Citing case law,the Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld that decision. But the 4th DCA alsonoted that expert testimony on reasonable legal fees is often not needed and askedthis Court to consider the issue as one of great public importance.

Palm Beach County

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Thursday, May 5, 2011

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Case

 Time

Facts & Issues

Place of Origin

Donte Jermaine Hall v. State of Florida

SC09-2326

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9:00

Mr. Hall was convicted of the first-degree murders of Keson Evans and AnthonyBlunt, who were fatally shot in 2006. The jury voted 8-4 to recommend a sentenceof death for the murder of Mr. Blunt and recommended life imprisonment for themurder of Mr. Evans. The trial court followed both recommendations andcondemned Mr. Hall for the murder of Mr. Blunt. This is Mr. Hall's direct appeal.

Lake County

William Michael Kopsho v. State of Florida

SC09-1383

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Approx. 10:00

Mr. Kopsho was convicted of the first-degree murder of his wife, Lynne, who wasfatally shot in 2000. He was condemned, but this Court overturned his conviction.A new trial was held and he was again convicted. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court again condemned Mr. Kopsho. This ishis direct appeal.

Marion County

Angela Samples v. Florida Birth-Related Neorological Injury Compensation Association

SC10-1295

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Approx. 11:00

Angela and Kenneth Ray Samples, whose child suffered a brain injury at birth,challenged a provision of the Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Act. The Samples argue that the $100,000 limit on parental awards is vagueand ambiguous and should be applied to each parent individually in order to avoidequal protection concerns. The Fifth District Court of Appeal ruled that theparental award provision did not violate equal protection and asked this Court toconsider the issue as one of great public importance.

Central Florida

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Friday, May 6, 2011

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Case

 Time

Facts & Issues

Place of Origin

No cases scheduled