Slaton v. State, 95-385

Citation666 So.2d 598
Decision Date24 January 1996
Docket NumberNo. 95-385,95-385
Parties21 Fla. L. Weekly D242 Andre SLATON, Appellant, v. The STATE of Florida, Appellee.
CourtCourt of Appeal of Florida (US)

An appeal from the Circuit Court for Dade County, W. Thomas Spencer, Judge.

Carl J. Mecke, Hollywood, for appellant.

Robert A. Butterworth, Attorney General, and Linda S. Katz, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee.



Andre Slaton appeals his convictions and sentences for attempted armed robbery and burglary with an assault therein. We reverse the convictions and remand for a new trial.

The defendant claims that the lower court, based on inadequate objections by the State, erroneously required him to proffer reasons for peremptorily challenging two different prospective jurors. Both challenges were disallowed and the jurors ultimately sat on the panel that convicted the defendant. We agree that the State's objections in both instances were insufficient to dispel the presumption of validity which attached to the defendant's challenges. Holiday v. State, 665 So.2d 1089 (Fla. 3d DCA 1996); Pride v. State, 664 So.2d 1114 (Fla. 3d DCA 1995). Accordingly, we reverse the convictions and remand for a new trial. In view of our resolution of the case on this point we decline to address the defendant's other contentions.

Reversed and remanded for a new trial.

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  • Rivera v. State, 94-3516
    • United States
    • Court of Appeal of Florida (US)
    • April 3, 1996
    ...for a peremptory challenge, the third district held that the peremptory challenge should have been granted. See also Slaton v. State, 666 So.2d 598 (Fla. 3d DCA 1996); cf. Johans (trial court must make inquiry if a party objects on grounds that even a single peremptory challenge is racially......

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