Oral Argument Schedule & Briefs

Oral Argument Schedule & Briefs

November 2-6, 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, November 2, 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

The Florida Bar v. Ann Bitterman

SC07-1071

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9:00

The Bar accused Ms. Bitterman of presenting herself as an attorney in goodstanding when, in fact, she was suspended from the practice of law for a pastethical violation. The judge assigned to the case as a referee found Ms. Bittermanin contempt of this Court's earlier order of suspension. The referee recommendedthat this Court suspend Ms. Bitterman for 30 days and then place her on probationfor three years. The Bar argues Ms. Bitterman should be disbarred; Ms. Bittermanargues the recommended discipline is appropriate.

Miami-Dade County

Ronald Wayne Clark, Jr. v. State of Florida

SC07-2318

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Approx. 9:30

Mr. Clark was convicted of the first-degree murder of Ronald Willis, who wasfatally shot in 1990. The jury voted 11-1 to recommend a death sentence and thetrial court condemned Mr. Clark. This Court upheld the sentence on direct appealand Mr. Clark filed a postconviction challenge in trial court. It was denied andthis appeal followed.

Duval County

Galante Romar Phillips v. State of Florida

SC08-1882

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Approx. 10:10

Mr. Phillips was convicted of the first-degree murder of Christopher Aligada, whowas fatally shot in 2005. The jury voted 7-5 to recommend a death sentence andthe trial court condemned Mr. Phillips. This is his direct appeal. He raises variousissues.

Duval County

Lionel Michael Miller v. State of Florida

SC08-287

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Approx. 11:10

Mr. Miller was convicted of the first-degree murder of Jerry Smith, who wasfatally stabbed in 2006. The jury voted 11-1 to recommend a death sentence andthe trial court condemned Mr. Miller. This is his direct appeal. He raises variousissues.

Orange County

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

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Case

 Time

Facts & Issues

Place of Origin

No cases scheduled

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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Case

 Time

Facts & Issues

Place of Origin

In re: Amendments to Florida Rules of Civil Procedure(Foreclosures)

SC09-1460

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9:00

The Supreme Court Task Force on Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Cases hasproposed emergency changes to court rules and forms to facilitate early, equitableresolution of residential mortgage foreclosure cases.

Statewide impact

In re: Final Report of the Task Force on ResidentialMortgage Foreclosure Cases

Website

Approx. 9:30

The Chief Justice created this task force in March 2009 to recommend ways ofdealing with the huge increase in residential mortgage foreclosures in Florida. Thetask force filed this report with the Court.

Statewide impact

Alan Lyndell Wade v. State of Florida

SC08-573

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Approx. 10:00

Mr. Wade was convicted of the first-degree murders of Carol and James Sumner,who were kidnapped from their home in 2005 and buried alive. The jury voted11-1 to recommend death sentences and the trial court condemned Mr. Wade. Thisis his direct appeal. He raises various issues.

Duval County

Cary Michael Lambrix v. State of Florida

SC08-64

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11:00

Mr. Lambrix was convicted of the 1983 first-degree murders of Aleisha Bryant and Clarence Moore. Ms. Bryant was strangled and Mr. Moore was fatally beaten. The jury voted 10-2 and 8-4 to recommend death sentences and the trial court condemned Mr. Lambrix. This Court upheld his sentences on direct appeal. Mr. Lambrix continued to unsuccessfully challenge his convictions in state and federal court. When the trial court denied his latest post-conviction motion, this appeal followed.

Chief Justice Quince is recused.

Glades County

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Thursday, November 5, 2009

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Case

 Time

Facts & Issues

Place of Origin

No cases scheduled

 

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Friday, November 6, 2009

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Case

 Time

Facts & Issues

Place of Origin

No cases scheduled