High Profile Cases in the Supreme Court of Florida

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07-22-2013 Florida Board of Bar Examiners Re: Undocumented Immigrants SC11-2568
This case involves the issue of whether undocumented immigrants can become Florida attorneys. Docket
07-19-2013 Dane P. Abdool, et. al. v. Pam Bondi, etc., et. al. SC13-1123
This case challenges the Timely Justice Act, which deals with the death penalty. Docket
07-18-2013 The League of Women Voters of Florida, et al v. The Florida House of Representatives, et al & Rene Romo, et al v. The Florida House of Representatives, et al. SC13-949
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These cases involve a dispute over whether legislators and legislative staff can be forced to answer questions about the Congressional redistricting process.
07-16-2013 Citizens of the State of Florida v. PSC SC13-144
This case involves a rate increase for Florida Power & Light Company. Docket
07-11-2013 Florida House of Representatives v. League of Women Voters SC13-252
This petition involves a lower court case about redistricting. Docket
07-09-2013 License Acquisitions v. Debary Real Estate & Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation v. Debary Real Estate SC13-968
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This case involves a challenge to a state law that lets the holder of a par-mutuel permit to change the class of the permit from jai-alai to greyhound racing.
06-27-2013 Advisory Opinion to the Attorney General:
Land Acquisition Trust Fund
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The attorney general requests an advisory opinion regarding a proposed constitutional amendment that would dedicate funds for the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to acquire and restore conservation and recreation lands. Docket
06-18-2013 Alachua County, Et Al. v. Expedia, Inc. SC13-838
This case involves a dispute over taxes paid by online travel companies to counties. Docket
06-18-2013 Debra LaFave v. State of Florida SC12-2232
This case involves issues about a plea agreement with a teacher accused of lewd conduct with an underage student. Docket
06-06-2013 Richard Masone v. City of Aventura SC12-644
This cases poses a question about the legality of using red-light cameras to detect traffic violations. Docket
07-02-2013 The Florida Bar Re: Advisory Opinion – Activities of Community Association Managers SC13-889
This case is about a proposed advisory opinion from the Standing Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law regarding activities of community association managers. Docket
05-29-2013 The Florida Bar v. David J. Stern 13-643
The Florida Bar has filed this complaint related to alleged misconduct in foreclosure cases. Docket
05-23-2012 11th Circuit Public Defender v. State of Florida SC10-1349
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These cases involve an issue arising from the 11th Circuit (Miami-Dade) Public Defender’s decision to decline representation in some felony cases.
05-08-2013 The Florida Bar v. Timothy Patrick McCabe 13-549
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In these two cases, The Florida Bar has filed a complaint against and seeks the emergency suspension of Palm Beach attorney Timothy McCabe.
04-23-2013 City of Orlando v. Michael Udowychenko SC12-1471
This case involves the validity of certain redlight cameras used to detect traffic violations. Docket
04-16-2013
Ana Maria Cardona v. State of Florida 11-1446
This case is Cardona’s automatic appeal to the Florida Supreme Court for her conviction and death sentence. Docket
02-22-2013 Roman Pino v. The Bank of New York Mellon SC11-697
This cases presents issues related to alleged foreclosure fraud. Docket
02-14-2013 State of Florida v. Pierre Domville SC13-121
This case asks whether judges are required in certain circumstances to recuse themselves if they are Facebook friends with an attorney appearing before them. Docket
02-06-2013 Carlos Ulloa v. CMI, Inc. SC11-2291
This case involves an issue arising from equipment used to administer breath tests to DUI defendants. Docket
12-20-2012
Certification of the Need for New Judges Website
The 2013 Certification of the need for new judges was issued. Certification then will be considered by the Legislature. Historical Information on Certification also is available.
11-28-2012 In re: Implementation of Electronic Filing SC11-399
This case involves standards, procedures, and time tables for the implementation of electronic filing in the Florida State Courts. Docket
11-15-2012 Citizens of the State of Florida v. Ronald A. Brise SC12-2149
The case involves a challenge to a Florida Public Service Commission’s settlement giving Florida Power & Light Co. authority to increase base rates. Docket
11-08-2012 Denny Jones v. Kenneth Detzner SC12-2297
This case asks that the Court declare Justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis, and Peggy A. Quince not qualified for the November ballot. Docket
11-02-2012 Amanda Jean Hall v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. SC11-1611
This case involves the constitutionality of a statute capping the bond that must be posted to appeal an award in a smoking lawsuit. Docket
10-11-2012 Rick Scott v. George Williams SC12-520
This case involves a challenge to a law requiring state workers to contribute 3 percent toward their retirement plan. Docket
09-11-2012 Haridopolos v. Citizens for Strong Schools SC12-216
This case involves a lawsuit challenging the adequacy of school funding. Docket
09-06-2012 Southern Alliance for Energy v. Art Graham SC11-2465
This cases involves the constitutionality of a law letting energy companies recover some costs for the future construction of nuclear plants. Docket
08-28-2012 Bob Graham v. Mike Haridopolos SC11-2453
This case asks the Court to determine the extent of the Board of Governors’ constitutional authority to regulate the state university system. Docket
08-03-2012 D.M.T. v. T.M.H. SC12-261
This case involves the constitutionality of a state law that terminates the parental rights of people who donate eggs, sperm or preembroyos. Docket
07-31-2012 State of Florida v. Richard Catalano SC11-1166
This case involves the constitutionality of a statute restricting the volume of car stereo systems played on public streets. Docket
07-12-2012 State of Florida v. Luke Jarrod Adkins SC11-1878
This case involves a lower court order declaring unconstitutional a state statute dealing with criminal drug offenses. Docket
06-18-2012 The Florida Bar v. N. James Turner SC12-282
This case involves Bar ethics proceedings against a former judge. Docket
05-10-2012 William Telli v. Broward County, et. al. SC11-1737
This case involves the constitutionality of term limits approved by voters in Broward County for their county commissioners. Docket
05-07-2012 In re: Judicial Branch Governance SC11-1374
This case involves various requests for reconsideration of judicial branch governance standards established by the Supreme Court in a February 9, 2012, opinion. Docket
04-27-2012 Calder Race Course v. DBPR SC11-2152
Calder challenges a statute allowing an expansion of gaming at pari-mutuel facilities. Docket
04-27-2012 West Flagler Associates v. South Florida Racing SC11-2148
This case involves the constitutionality of a statute authorizing slot machine gaming at pari-mutuel facilities. Docket
04-27-2012 Florida Gaming Centers v. DBPR SC11-2182
This case involves the constitutionality of a statute authorizing slot machine gaming at pari-mutuel facilities. Docket
04-19-2012 2012 Legislative Apportionment (Senate Maps) SC12-460
In this case, the Court will review new legislative Senate districting maps drawn by the legislature to reflect population shifts in Florida. Docket
03-09-2012 2012 Legislative Apportionment (Original Case) SC12-1
In this case, the Court will review new legislative districting maps drawn by the legislature to reflect population shifts in Florida. The Court issued itsOpinion on March 9, 2012. Docket
12-27-2011 The Florida Bar v. David J. Stern SC11-1192
The Florida Bar has filed this complaint related to alleged misconduct in foreclosure cases. Docket
12-19-2011
Foreclosure Mediation Program Website
The Report on Florida’s managed foreclosure mediation program is now on-line. The progrram was terminated December 19, 2011.
10-13-2011
Jeffrey Lewis v. Leon County 09-1698
This case poses the question of who must pay for Regional Conflict Counsel, the counties or the State. Docket
09-20-2011 Christopher Johnson v. State of Florida 09-1045
This case involves questions about when a public defender may withdraw from a case, thereby triggering a requirement that the Office of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel take the case. Docket
08-16-2011 Rosalie Whiley v. Richard Scott SC11-592
Whiley sued the Governor challenging his decision to suspend certain executive-branch rulemaking. Docket
07-19-2011 R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. v. Mathilde Martin, etc. SC11-483
R.J. Reynolds asks this Court to review the award of damages to the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer Docket
06-30-2011
Privacy & Court Records
2011 Opinion. The Court released an Opinion on this issue on June 30, 2011.2009 Hearing. On September 2, 2009, the Court heard arguments in another Related Case. AnOpinion was released on March 18, 2010.2008 Report. A Report filed in 2008 is available.

2008 Filings. On January 18, 2008, the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Access to Court Records filed its Invitation for Comments on its Preliminary Proposal. Comments are requested by March 3, 2008.

2007 Filings. On June 20, 2007, an Interim Report and Cover Letter were filed with this Court. As a result, the Chief Justice Issued a revised Moratorium order on September 7, 2007.

Other documents filed with this Court on April 2, 2007, are available.

2006 Court Order & Limited Moratorium. On July 3, 2006,the Court released an Order in response to the Report of the Committee on Privacy & Court Records along with a new Limited Moratorium on certain electronic releases of court records. The order was later implemented by anAdministrative Order issued August 21, 2006.

Group 3. A Request of the Court for comments on Group 3 of the Report is available. Comments will be accepted until May 1, 2006. View the currentComments on Group 3.

Group 2. By a prior separate Request of the Court, comments on Group 2 of the Report were accepted until March 1, 2006. Check Commentson Group 2, which were last updated March 2, 2006.

The members of the Florida Supreme Court in their administrative capacity have invited persons who commented on the Report on Privacy & Court Records, Group Two Recommendations, to speak to the Court on April 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET. The meeting will be in the courtroom in Tallahassee.

Group 1. Pursuant to a prior Request of the Court, comments on Group 1 of the final Report were accepted until February 1, 2006. CheckComments on Group 1. A hearing on Group 1 issues was held March 1, 2006, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET at the Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee.

Full Report. The seven segments of this Report were submitted to the Court in September 2005. They are the Cover, Cover Letter, Part 1, Part 2,Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. On May 6, 2005, the Committee on Privacy & Court Records issued its earlier Draft Report.

Prior Matters. On February 13, 2004, an Amended Moratorium Order was issued in this matter. Other Documents include the Report of the legislative Study Committee on Public Records released Feb. 15, 2003.

06-21-2011 Innocence Commission Website
On July 2, 2010, Chief Justice Charles T. Canady issued an Administrative Order creating an Innocence Commission. On June 21, 2011, it issued an interim report.
06-17-2011 The Florida Bar v. John T. Stemberger SC11-32
The Florida Bar has filed a complaint against Stemberger for alleged ethical breaches associated with a dependency case in Orange County. Docket
05-18-2011 Lowell Kuvin v. City of Coral Gables SC10-2352
This cases involves a challenge to a Coral Gables zoning code restricting the parking of pickup trucks along city streets during evening hours. Docket
05-16-2011 David Bivens v. City of Lakeland SC11-664
Bivens is challenging decisions by two judges of the 1st District Court of Appeal who would not recuse themselves from his appeal over a workers compensation claim that had been denied. Docket
04-21-2011 Florida Bar v. Henry Adorno 09-1012
This disciplinary action arises from Adorno’s involvement in litigation over emergency medical assessment fees imposed by the City of Miami. Docket
03-04-2011 Governor Crist v. Robert M. Ervin SC10-1317
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These cases involve legislative allocation of user fees collected by the trial court clerks.
03-04-2011 Thad Altman v. Richard Scott 11-396
A petition has been filed regarding high speed rail in Florida. The Court denied relief March 4, 2011. Docket
02-18-2011 In Re: Statewide Grand Jury 09-1910
On Oct. 14, 2009, the Governor asked the Court to impanel a statewide grand jury. An Interim Report was filed on December 29, 2010. See theAttorney General’s website for more information. Docket
02-01-2011 Judicial Branch Governance Study Website
The Judicial Branch Governance Study Group submitted its final report and recommendation to the Supreme Court on February 1, 2011. It proposes changes to the way the judicial branch is governed.
01-26-2011 Rawlis Leslie v. The St. Joe Company 10-2243
This case alleges a conflict of interest in the way the First District Court of Appeal resolved an appeal. Docket
10-29-2010 Bush v. Gore 10 Year Retrospective Photos Website
The Florida Supreme Court is releasing archival photographs on the 10th anniversary of the 2000 presidential election appeals.
10-07-2010 FEA v. Florida Dept. of State 10-1784
This case involves a challenge to proposed Amendment 8 scheduled to appear on the November ballot. Docket
10-04-2010 Sarasota Citizens for Responsible Government v. City of Sarasota 10-1647
The case involves the validity of a bond issue by the City and County of Sarasota to build a spring training stadium for the Baltimore Orioles. Docket
09-28-2010 Ken Jenne v. Florida Department of Management Services 10-1371
Jenne sought review of a decision of the 1st District Court holding that he has forfeited his state retirement benefits. The Court dismissed the case on September 28, 2010. Docket
09-22-2010 FEA v. Florida Dept. of State 10-1784
This case involves a challenge to proposed Amendment 8 scheduled to appear on the November ballot. Docket
09-14-2010
Miccosukee Tribe v. South Florida Water Management District 09-1817
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These cases involve a bond issue to restore part of the Everglades.
08-31-2010 Florida Department of State v. Mona Mangat SC10-1527
This case involves a challenge to proposed Amendment 9 currently scheduled to appear on the November ballot. The court issued its opinion on August 31, 2010. Docket
08-31-2010 Dawn Roberts v. Brian Doyle SC10-1508
This case involves a challenge to proposed Amendment 3 currently scheduled to appear on the November ballot. The court issued its opinion on August 31, 2010. Docket
08-31-2010 Dawn Roberts v. NAACP 10-1375
This case involves the placement of Amendment 7 on the November ballot, relating to redistricting. The court issued its opinion on August 31, 2010. Docket
08-31-2010 Dawn Roberts v. Corrine Brown 10-1362
The interim Secretary of State has petitioned the Court to prohibit or assume jurisdiction of a challenge filed in the Leon County Circuit Court to proposed constitutional amendments 5 and 6 currently scheduled to be on the 2010 general election ballot. The court issued its opinion on August 31, 2010. Docket
08-24-2010 Collier County Commissioners v. Brock 09-2190
This case concerns the scope of the powers exercised by the clerk of the circuit court in Collier County acting in his capacity as county auditor and custodian of county funds. Docket
07-23-2010
FTC v. Olmstead 08-1009
This case presents the question of whether creditors can seize the assets of a single-member limited liability company under Florida law. Docket
07-12-2010 Governor’s Request for an Advisory Opinion: Judicial Vacancy in Escambia County 10-1186
Governor Crist has asked the Court for an advisory opinion regarding the judicial vacancy created by the resignation of Escambia County Judge David B. Ackerman. Docket
06-30-2010 Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association v. Dawn K. Roberts 10-1148
The Association has filed suit to remove proviso language from the state budget prohibiting the use of state funds to pay for attorneys’ Bar dues. Docket
06-24-2010 McNeil v. Council for Secular Humanism 10-957
This case involves a challenge to the state’s use of faith-based organizations to operate transitional programs for certain inmates. Docket
06-15-2010 Model Administrative Order on Court Closures
On June 15, 2010, the Court announced a new model Administrative Order that will be used in the future to extend and suspend certain legal deadlines in the event a Florida state court is closed due to an emergency.
06-11-2010 Jurors’ Use of the Social Media 10-51
This proposal asks the Court to consider new instructions to jurors restricting their use of the Social Media and other forms of electronic communications, such as Twitter. Docket
05-26-2010 Save Our Homes Cases 09-1796
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These cases involve challenges to Florida’s Save Our Homes property tax laws.
05-24-2010 NCAA v. AP, et. al. 09-1909
The NCAA asks the Court to review a decision by the 1st District Court of Appeal in a case involving Florida€™s public records laws. Docket
02-18-2010 Citizens’ Initiative on Hometown Democracy Petition 08-884
This is a citizens’ initiative to amend the Constitution to provide that citizens have a right to decide local growth management changes. Docket
02-11-2010 Browning v. Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections 07-2074
This case involves a proposed amendment to the Sarasota County charter requiring the use of voting systems that provide a verified paper ballot. Docket
11-25-2009 Florida Bar v. Scott W. Rothstein 09-2146
The Florida Bar and attorney Scott W. Rothstein have reached an agreement for disbarment by consent. The Court permanently disbarred him. Docket
10-15-2009
John Couey v. State of Florida 07-1636
This case is Couey’s automatic appeal to the Florida Supreme Court for his conviction and death sentence in the murder of Jessica Lunsford. Docket
08-14-2009
Robert Pleus, Jr. v. Charles Crist 09-565
Retired Judge Robert Pleus filed suit in the Supreme Court over a vacancy on the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona. Docket
05-07-2009 Advisory Opinion to the Attorney General: Legislative Redistricting 08-986
The Attorney General has filed a citizens’ initiative on legislative redistricting standards for the Court to determine whether it meets legal standards for placement on the ballot. Docket
The fiscal impact statement also has been presented to the Court for review. 08-1163
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05-07-2009 Citizens’ Initiative on Congressional Reapportionment 08-1149
The Attorney General has filed a citizens’ initiative on congressional redistricting standards for the Court to determine whether it meets legal standards for placement on the ballot. Docket
The fiscal impact statement also has been presented to the Court for review. 08-1165
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05-05-2009
Liberty Counsel v. Florida Bar 09-363
Liberty Counsel filed for injunctive relief regarding The Florida Bar Board of Governors’ vote to allow the Bar’s Family Law Section to file an amicus brief. That brief would be in an appeal from a court ruling striking as unconstitutional a state statute that bars homosexuals from adopting. Docket
04-23-2009 The Florida Bar v. William Abramson 07-713
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In these two cases, The Florida Bar is asking the Court to impose discipline on attorney William Abramson for alleged ethical violations.
04-08-2009
Robert M. Ervin v. Florida Legislature 09-467
Several Florida attorneys have sued the Legislature and other state officials over the allocation of user fees collected by the clerks of the trial courts. Docket
02-04-2009 Governor’s Request for an Advisory Opinion: Re: William Abramson 09-3
The Governor has requested an advisory opinion regarding the election of William Abramson as a judge. Docket
01-05-2009 Florida House of Representatives v. Crist 07-2154
On November 19, 2007, the Florida House of Representatives and Speaker Marco Rubio filed suit in the Supreme Court challenging a Seminole Indian Gaming Compact negotiated by Governor Crist. Docket
12-31-2008
Citizens’ Initiative on Land-Use Planning 06-161
On February 1, 2006, the Attorney General petitioned the Court to review a proposed constitutional amendment requiring that changes to local land-use plans be submitted to the voters. The Court issued its Opinion on June 22, 2006. Docket
In addition, on March 27, 2006, the Attorney General has filed a separate petition that asks the Court to review a financial impact estimate that will be provided to voters if the land-use initiative is placed on the ballot. The Court rejected the initial estimate, and the Attorney General submitted a new one. 06-521
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12-17-2008 Jews for Jesus v. Rapp 06-2491
This case asks whether and to what extent Florida will permit lawsuits for publications that allegedly place people in a “false light.” Docket
12-16-2008
Florida Bar v. Laura L. Hess 08-1389
The Florida Bar has filed a disciplinary action against attorney Laura Hess. Docket
11-19-2008 Strand v. Escambia County 06-1894
In this case, the Court found that certain government bond issues do not need to be approved in advance by voters. Docket
11-07-2008 State v. 11th Circuit Public Defender 08-1827
This case involves a question of whether a Florida public defender’s office can curtail its caseload due to budget cuts. Docket
10-30-2008 Anthrax Case 07-1074
The U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on June 11 filed a Certified Question with the Florida Supreme Court regarding a death caused by anthrax contamination at the American Media buildng in Boca Raton in 2001. The Court issued its Opinion on Oct. 30, 2008. Docket
10-08-2008 Pedro Dijols v. Mardi Anne Levey 08-1883
Dijols seeks review of a district court decision ordering that Levey’s name appear on the ballot in a Broward county judicial election. Docket
09-17-2008 Pedro Dijols v. Kurt S. Browning 08-1717
Dijols filed an emergency petition for a writ of quo warranto over the disputed results of a judicial election in Palm Beach County. Docket
09-03-2008 Dept. of State v. Slough 08-1569
This is an appeal from a trial court order striking constitutional Amendment 5, proposed by the Tax & Budget Reform Commission, from the November ballot Docket
09-03-2008 Ford v. Browning 08-1529
This is an appeal from a trial court order authorizing constitutional Amendments 7 & 9, proposed by the Tax & Budget Reform Commission, to be placed on the November ballot Docket
08-11-2008 Citizens’ Initiative on 1.35% Tax Cap 08-1153
The Attorney General has filed a citizens’ initiative regarding a 1.35% tax cap. Docket
The fiscal impact statement also has been presented to the Court for review. 08-1239
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08-01-2008
Florida Lobbyist Regulation Case 08-791
This case involves a legal challenge to a new Florida statute regulating executive and legislative lobbying. Docket
01-29-2008 Citizens’ Initiative on Growth Management 08-318
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This is a citizens’ initiative to amend the Constitution to provide that citizens have a right to decide local growth management changes.
07-31-2007
The Florida Bar v. Ken Jenne 07-2182
At the request of The Florida Bar, the Court has suspended attorney Ken Jenne because of his conviction of a felony and ordered that a referee be appointed to investigate the matter. Docket
07-17-2008
Statewide Grand Jury 07-1128
On June 19, 2007, the Governor asked the Court to impanel a statewide grand jury. The Court entered an order impaneling the statewide grand jury on June 20, 2007. An Interim Report was filed January 15, 2008. Docket
06-18-2008 Allstate v. Office of Insurance Regulation 08-782
This case involves the State’s suspension of Allstate’s authority to write new policies in Florida. Docket
05-19-2008 Advisory Opinion to the Governor re: Judicial Appointment Powers 08-844
On May 5, 2008, Gov. Charlie Crist filed this petition asking whether he can appoint a replacement for retired Leon County Judge Tim Harley. Docket
02-11-2008
Crist v. Fla. Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 08-2
This case arises from a trial court order declaring unconstitutional Florida’s five recently created offices of conflict counsel Docket

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Earlier high profile cases can be found in theArchives. These include highly publicized cases such as the 2000 presidential election appeals, the Schiavo cases, and the Aileen Wuornos murder conviction appeals.

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