DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA
FOURTH DISTRICT January Term 2005 DENITZE DEE VENTER, Appellant, v. STATE OF FLORIDA, Appellee. No. 4D04-5 [April 20, 2005] WARNER, J . Appellant challenges her sentence for the second degree murder of her fouryear-old son, claiming that the court violated her due process rights in denying her motion to downward depart from the criminal punishment code minimum sentence. Her specific claim is not that the trial court did not give her the opportunity to be heard on the issue of downward departure, which it did, but that the court did not explain its reasoning in denying the motion. Due process includes the right to be heard. N.C. v. Anderson, 882 So. 2d 990, 993 (Fla. 2004). We know of no principle or case, nor has one been cited to us, which holds that due process includes the right of an express explanation on why a motion to downward depart was denied. We decline to recognize such a right. As to appellant’s second issue, the issue of the constitutionality of the criminal punishment code has already been decided. See Peterson v. State , 775 So. 2d 376, 378-79 (Fla. 4th DCA 2000). Affirmed. GROSS and MAY, JJ., concur. * * *
Appeal from the Circuit Court for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, Broward County; Elijah Williams, Judge; L.T. Case No. 01-7457 CF10A Charles G. White of Charles G. White, P.A., Miami, for appellant.
Charles J. Crist, Jr., Attorney General, Tallahassee, and August A. Bonavita, Assistant Attorney General, West Palm Beach, for appellee. Not final until disposition of any timely filed motion for rehearing.