Oral Argument Schedule & Briefs

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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, October 1, 2012

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

Inquiry Concerning a Judge: William Jack Singbush

SC11-905

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9:00

Circuit Judge William Singbush has been summoned before the Court to receivea public reprimand for ethical misconduct.

Marion County

Douglas Blaine Matthews v. State of Florida

SC10-1771

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Approx. 9:10

Mr. Matthews was convicted of the first-degree murder of Kirk Zoeller, who wasfatally stabbed in 2008. The jury voted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence andthe trial court condemned him to death. This is his direct appeal. He raises variousissues.

Volusia County

Inquiry Concerning a Judge: Kathryn Maxine Nelson

SC12-941

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Approx. 10:10

County Judge Kathryn Nelson has been summoned before the Court to receive apublic reprimand for ethical misconduct.

Ft. Pierce

Oscar Ray Bolin, Jr. v. State of Florida

SC08-2148

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Approx. 10:20

Mr. Bolin was convicted of the first-degree murder of Stephanie Collins, who was kidnapped and fatally beaten and stabbed in 1986. He was sentenced to death. This Court granted him a new trial. He was again convicted and sentenced to death and again won a new trial. After his third trial, he was again convicted and sentenced to death. This is his direct appeal.

Justice Quince is recused.

Hillsbrough County

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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

In re: Admission of Undocumented Immigrants to TheFlorida Bar

SC11-2568

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9:00

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners has asked this Court if undocumentedimmigrants are eligible for admission to The Florida Bar. The question arosebecause of an application from Jose Godinez-Samperio, who emigrated fromMexico at the age of 9 with his parents to live in the United States. Mr.Godinez-Samperio, an undocumented immigrant, graduated from an accreditedlaw school and passed Florida's bar exam.

Statewide impact

D.M.T. v. T.M.H

SC12-261

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Approx. 9:40

D.M.T. and T.M.H. became involved in a custody dispute over a child after theirlesbian relationship ended. D.M.T. gave birth to the child. T.M.H. was the eggdonor. After their breakup, T.M.H. requested parenting rights. D.M.T. arguedT.M.H. had no legal rights to make such claims. A Florida statute states thatdonors of eggs, sperm or preembryos relinquish all parental rights. The trial courtgranted summary judgment to D.M.T. and T.M.H. appealed. The Fifth DistrictCourt of Appeal ruled that the statute was unconstitutional.

Brevard County

State Farm v. Robin Curran

SC12-157

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Approx. 10:30

After Ms. Curran was hurt in a traffic accident, she sued State Farm seekingpayment of the policy limits under her uninsured motorist insurance policy withState Farm. State Farm argued Ms. Curran forfeited coverage under the policybecause she failed to comply with the policy requirement that she be examined bya physician chosen by State Farm prior to initiating litigation. The trial courtdisagreed with State Farm's argument and awarded Ms. Curran $100,000 and StateFarm appealed. The Fifth District Court of Appeal ultimately held for Ms. Curran.

Brevard County

Raymond James Financial Services v. Barbara J. Phillips

SC11-2513

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Approx. 11:10

Ms. Phillips and other clients of Raymond James accused the company ofnegligence, fraud and other violations in a claim filed with an arbitration panel.Raymond James argued the claims were barred by statutes of limitations. Theclients then went to court, seeking a ruling that Florida's statute of limitations doesnot apply to arbitration. The trial court agreed with them. The Second DistrictCourt of Appeal upheld the result of that ruling and certified the issue as one ofgreat importance for this Court to consider.

Collier County

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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

William A. Gregory v. State of Florida

SC11-842

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REMOVED

Mr. Gregory was convicted of the first-degree murders of Skyler Meekins andDaniel Dyer, who were fatally shot in 2007. The jury voted 7-5 to recommend adeath sentence for each murder and the trial court imposed two death sentences onMr. Gregory. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.

Flagler County

Daniel O. Conahan, Jr. v. State of Florida

SC11-615 | SC11-2504

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Approx. 9:00

Mr. Conahan was convicted of the first-degree murder of Richard Montgomery,who was fatally strangled in 1996. The jury voted unanimously to recommend adeath sentence and the trial court condemned him to death. This Court upheld thedeath sentence on direct appeal and Mr. Conahan filed a post-conviction challengein trial court. It was denied and this appeal followed.

Charlotte County

Donna Franks v. Gary John Bowers, M.D.

SC11-1258

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Approx. 9:40

Ms. Franks brought a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit against Dr.Bowers after the death of her husband. Dr. Bowers argued Mr. Franks had signedan arbitration agreement when he first sought medical care. The trial court orderedarbitration and the First District Court of Appeal upheld that ruling.

Duval County

Eric M. Young v. State of Florida

SC11-2151

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Approx. 10:20

Mr. Young was convicted of armed burglary of a dwelling, armed robbery andarmed carjacking and sentenced to 20 years in prison on each count. Hechallenged the convictions for burglary and carjacking; the Fifth District Court ofAppeal upheld the convictions.

Orange County

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Thursday, October 4, 2012

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

John Errol Ferguson v. State of Florida

SC12-1987

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Approx.
9:00

Mr. Ferguson is under a death warrant with an execution date scheduled for October 16, 2012, at 6:00pm. Mr. Ferguson raises several constitutional issues.

Miami-Dade County

Bob Graham v. Mike Haridopolos

SC11-2453

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Approx.
9:40

Mr. Graham and others filed a lawsuit challenging the power of the Legislature toset tuition and fees at state universities after voters approved a constitutionalamendment in 2002 creating a Board of Governors to manage and operate stateuniversities. The trial court ruled the amendment did not transfer the power to settuition from the Legislature to the new Board of Governors. The First DistrictCourt of Appeal upheld that ruling. Mr. Graham and the other petitioners askedthis Court to review the case.

Statewide impact

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy v. Art Graham

SC11-2465

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Approx. 10:20

The Florida Public Service Commission granted the petitions of Florida Power andLight and Progress Energy Florida for determination of need for their proposednuclear power plants. The PSC later issued an order granting their relatedpetitions filed under a law that allows recovery in rates of certain costs incurredprior to commercial operation of the plants. The Southern Alliance for CleanEnergy now challenges that order, arguing that the costs at issue do not qualify forrecovery under the law and that the law is unconstitutional.

Statewide impact

Aaron Daniels v. State of Florida

SC11-2170

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Rescheduled
for 11/6/12

Mr. Daniels was convicted of the second-degree murder of Amanda Lynn Fanter,who was fatally shot in 2007. He was sentenced to life in prison with a requiredminimum sentence of 25 years. On appeal, he argued the trial court made afundamental error in the jury instructions. The Second District Court of Appealupheld the conviction and sentence and Mr. Daniels asked this Court to review thecase.

Pinellas County

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Friday, October 5, 2012

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