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Terry Sims received an indefinite stay October 26th 1999
because US Supreme Court has accepted to look at
the question about Floridas use of the electric chair.
Terrys Sims claim of innocence has been rejected by
the Supreme Court of Florida October 27th 1999.
Having an indefinite stay
his lawyers have now gained more time
to prove his innocence.
Florida Supreme Court has by its ruling
accepted to kill Terry Sims - a possible innocent man.
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Opinion from the Supreme Court of Florida
October 27th 1999
denying his claims of innocence
Listen to oral arguments about Terrys innocence
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New Brief from the lawyers about Sims innocence
Order from the Supreme Court of October20th 1999
denying Terry extraordinary relief
Oral arguments in the Supreme Court of Florida
October 19th 1999
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The State`s AnswerBrief to Sims Appeal
Terry Sims AppealBrief to the Supreme Court of Florida
The States Motion to dismiss the appeal
Oral arguments decided
Response to application for stay
The States answerbrief opposing a stay
Application for stay of execution
The denial of his appeal in 11th Circuit 1997 is uploaded here
Other legal documents are:
Sims v. State 444 So 2d 922 923-24 ( FLA 1983 )
Sims v. State 602 So 2d 1253 (FLA 1992)
Sims v. Singletary 622 So 2d 980, 981 ( FLA 1993 )
Lawyer Mc Clain showing the picture of the botched Florida execution of Allen Lee Davis July 1999
Mr. Sims was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. Sims v. State, 444 So.2d 922 (Fla. 1983), cert. denied467 U.S. 1246 (1984). He sought and was denied post-conviction relief pursuant to rule 3.850, Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure. Sims v. State, 602 So.2d 1253 (Fla. 1992), cert. denied 506 U.S. 1065 (1993). Two Justices dissented from that denial of relief. Id. 602 So.2d at 1258-59 (Kogan, J. dissenting, joined by Barkett, J.). Mr. Sims then promptly sought habeas corpus relief from this Court, which was denied. Sims v. Singletary, 622 So.2d 980 (Fla. 1993).
Terry Sims death penalty was reinstated in 1998.
He has now been moved over to Florida State Prison, where the chair is.
Is Terry Sims innocent?
Why does Florida prevent him from receiving needed public files?
Who has anything to hide?
Read what Terrys lawyers write:
Counsel for Mr. Sims believe he is innocent of the murder for which he received his death sentence. The purpose of the public records requests was to uncover previously undisclosed evidence of other suspects known to law enforcement officers, to discover how and why the police focus was directed toward Mr. Sims instead of other suspects, and in general, to discover evidence in support of innocence.
Other avenues of investigation are being vigorously pursued. Undersigned counsel cannot reveal to opposing counsel confidential information regarding the status of this investigation, however. If the Courtís decision-making would benefit from counselís explanation of the status of the investigation and why Mr. Simsís motion cannot be filed on October 12, 1999, counsel is willing to provide such an explanation ex parte and in camera.
This Courtís rules establish the procedure for seeking and providing publicrecords after a death warrant is signed. A death warrant was signed scheduling Terry Sims for execution, and he followed the rules for seeking records.
The persons he asked to respond to public records requests refused to follow the rules for responding.
Counsel for Mr. Sims, following the rules, asked the lower court to compel these persons to follow the rules. The lower court disagreed with this Courtís rules, and so denied the request.
This decision by the lower court should be reversed, the persons who were asked to provide records should be ordered to follow the rules, and Mr. Simsí execution should be stayed at least until such time as this Courtís rules are complied with, and until such time as counsel can complete any investigation that is necessary based upon belated State agency compliance with the rules.1
SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT
Mr. Simsís rights to public records and to discovery in his pursuit of post-conviction relief were denied by the lower court. Although Mr. Sims did everything Florida law required of him, and made a good faith effort to apprise the lower court of the status of his investigation and the reasons he could not file a complete rule 3.850 motion within the time limits set by the court, his motion to compel and motion to modify the scheduling order were summarily denied.
These actions violated Mr. Simsís right of access to public records, access to the courts, to the full and fair exercise of the right to petition for habeas corpus relief, to equal protection of the laws, and to due process of law. Rule 3.852 was simply ignored.
TERRY SIMS WAS DENIED HIS RIGHT TO PUBLIC RECORDS, HIS RIGHT TO DISCOVERY AS PART OF POST-CONVICTION PROCEEDINGS, HIS RIGHT TO DUE PROCESS OF LAW, AND EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS, IN VIOLATION OF RULE 3.852; ARTICLE I, SECTIONS 2, 13, 21, AND 24 OF THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION; AND THE FIRST, FIFTH AND FOURTEENTH AMENDMENTS TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
It is equally beyond cavil that public records disclosed in successive post-conviction proceedings, and that were previously undisclosed, can constitute newly discovered evidence within the meaning of rule 3.850(f). Scott (Paul) v. State, 657 So.2d 1129 (Fla. 1995)
(public records produced under warrant gave rise to claim of newly discovered evidence meriting stay of execution and evidentiary hearing on successive post-conviction challenge); Buenoano v. State, 708 So.2d 941, 952 (Fla. 1998)(evidence produced pursuant to successive public records request or request initiated following discovery previously unknown information may constitute newly discovered evidence within meaning of rule 3.850).
Here are the agencies who have the needed documents to prove Terry Sims innocence:
Mr. Sims made requests:
Longwood Police Department (first on the scene);
Sanford Police Department (assisted in investigation);
Altamonte Springs Police Department (assisted in hunt for suspects and
Jacksonville Police Department (assisted in investigating and arresting B.B.
Halsell and Curtis Baldree, Mr. Simsís co-defendants);
Volusia County Sheriffís Office (assisted with composite sketches of the
suspects and provided photographs of possible suspects);
Escambia County Sheriffís Office (assisted in the investigation, arrest,
prosecution and incarceration of suspects and witnesses);
Gainesville Police Department (provided intelligence, worked with informant);
St. Johns County Sheriffís Office and State Attorneyís Office;
Florida Department of Law Enforcement and its central Florida regional lab.
A Stay of Execution is Required
The actions of the lower court and state agencies have placed Mr. Sims in anextremely dangerous position. His execution is scheduled to take place in eight days.
For the reasons stated herein, this Court should reverse the judgment of the trial court, issue a stay of execution, and remand with instructions to hold a hearing on Mr. Simsís motion to compel and allow Mr. Sims to file a rule 3.850 motion after he has had an opportunity to review all records to which he is entitled.
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