Oral Argument Schedule & Briefs

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December 5-9, 2011

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Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Monday, December 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

No cases scheduled

 

 

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Tuesday, December 6, 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

Michael Gordon Reynolds v. State of Florida

SC10-1602 | SC11-693

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9:00

Mr. Reynolds was convicted of the first-degree murders of Robin Razor andChristina Razor, who were fatally beaten and stabbed in 1998, and the second-degree murder of Danny Privett, who was fatally beaten. The jury votedunanimously to recommend two death sentences for the first-degree murders andthe trial court condemned Mr. Reynolds. This Court upheld his death sentenceson direct appeal and Mr. Reynolds filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court.It was denied and this appeal followed.

Seminole County

Maronda Homes Inc. v. Lakeview Reserve Homeowners Association Inc.

SC10-2292 | SC10-2336

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Approx. 9:40

Lakeview Reserve Homeowners Association alleged there were defects in theroadways, retention ponds and drainage system of its subdivision. Thehomeowners association sued the subdivision developer and a construction company the developer hired to work on the site. The trial court granted summaryjudgment to the developer and builder. The Fifth District Court of Appeal,however, overturned the trial court's ruling. Maronda Homes and T.D. ThomsonConstruction asked this court to review that decision by the 5th DCA.

Orange County

State of Florida v. Luke Jarrod Adkins

SC11-1878

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Approx. 10:30

The trial court dismissed drug possession charges filed against Mr. Adkins andsome 40 other defendants, agreeing with them that the statute used in their caseswas unconstitutional. The court ruled the defendants were deprived of due processbecause the law did not require that they know the substance in their possessionwas an illegal drug. The state appealed to the Second District Court of Appeal.The 2nd DCA asked this Court to take the case immediately to resolve thestatewide uncertainty about use of this statute in prosecutions for drug offenses.

Manatee County

Statewide impact

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Wednesday, December 7, 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

Michael Renard Jackson v. State of Florida

SC10-1646

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9:00

Mr. Jackson was convicted of the first-degree murder and sexual battery ofAndrea Boyer, who was fatally attacked in 2007 and died from eitherstrangulation or blows to her head. The jury voted 9-3 to recommend a deathsentence and the trial court condemned Mr. Jackson. This is his direct appeal. Heraises various issues.

Clay County

Justin Koren v. School Board of Miami-Dade County

SC10-2366

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Approx. 10:00

Mr. Koren, a middle-school teacher, alleged he was the victim of retaliation on thejob after he helped another employee prepare a sexual harassment charge. He filedcharges of "unfair labor practices" with the Public Employees RelationsCommission. The commission, however, concluded that Mr. Koren's allegationsdid not rise to the level of unfair labor practices. The Third District Court of Appeal upheld that decision. This appeal followed.

Miami-Dade County

Gary Berne v. Florida Department of Highway Safety& Motor Vehicles

SC10-2460

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Approx. 10:40

Mr. Berne was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence and his driver'slicense was suspended. He challenged the suspension, arguing the equipment usedto test his breath had not been properly approved for use. An administrative hearing officer upheld the suspension. Mr. Berne appealed that decision to the circuitcourt, which overturned the hearing officer. The department appealed that rulingto the Fifth District Court of Appeal, which overturned the circuit court. Mr.Berne asked this Court to review the decision by the 5th DCA.

Orange County

The Florida Bar v. Brian Gerard Doherty

SC10-332

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Approx. 11:20

In this disciplinary case, The Florida Bar accuses Mr. Doherty of violating theethical standards for attorneys, including a requirement that attorneys disclosepotential conflicts of interest in business transactions with clients. The trial judgeconsidering the case as a referee concluded that Mr. Doherty had violated theethical standards and has recommended that this Court disbar him.

Lee County

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Thursday, December 8, 2011

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Case

 Time

Facts & Issues

Place of Origin

Terance Valentine v. State of Florida

SC10-1463 | SC11-427

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9:00

Mr. Valentine was convicted of and condemned for the first-degree murder ofFerdinand Porche, who was fatally shot in 1988. This Court vacated the deathsentence and reversed the conviction. On retrial, Mr. Valentine was againconvicted. He waived a sentencing hearing before a jury and the judge condemnedhim to death again. This Court upheld that sentence on direct appeal. Mr.Valentine filed a post-conviction challenge in trial court. It was denied and thisappeal followed.

Justice Quince is recused.

Hillsborough County

Randall T. Deviney v. State of Florida

SC10-1436

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Approx. 9:40

Mr. Deviney was convicted of the first-degree murder of Delores Futrell, who wasfatally attacked in 2008 and died from blood loss after her throat was cut. The juryvoted 10-2 to recommend a death sentence and the trial court condemned Mr.Deviney. This is his direct appeal. He raises various issues.

Duval County

Jeremy Haygood v. State of Florida

SC11-294

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Approx. 10:40

Mr. Haygood was convicted of the second-degree murder of Jeanne Tuckey. Heappealed to the Second District Court of Appeal, which upheld the conviction butcertified to this Court a legal question of great public importance concerning errorin the manslaughter jury instruction.

Pinellas County

Ramsey Hasan v. Lanny Garvar DMD

SC10-1361

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Approx. 11:20

Mr. Hasan filed a dental malpractice case against Dr. Garvar and intended todepose another dentist for the case. Both dentists had the same insurer. Thatinsurer retained one attorney for Dr. Garvar and another for the other dentist. Mr.Hasan asked the trial court to block the attorney retained by this insurer frominterviewing the second dentist. The trial court denied that motion. The FourthDistrict Court of Appeal upheld that ruling. This appeal followed.

Broward County

 

 

Florida Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Friday, December 9, 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