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Gerhard Hojan v. State of Florida and Gerhard Hojan v. Julie L. Jones, etc.
Date: September 3, 2015
Docket Numbers: SC13-5, SC13-2422

Jackson v. State
Date: August 27, 2015
Docket Number: SC13-2090

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of the first-degree murder of Debra Pearce. Pearce was stabbed in her kitchen in 2004. The murder remained unsolved until 2008 when DNA from a hair found on Pearce’s body an...

In Re: Amendments to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.210
Date: August 27, 2015
Docket Number: SC15-146

In Re: Amendments to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.210
Date: August 27, 2015
Docket Number: SC15-97

Doty v. State
Date: July 9, 2015
Docket Number: SC13-1257

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pled guilty to first-degree murder. The trial court imposed a death sentence after weighing the aggravating circumstances against the mitigating circumstances. The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s conviction...

Smith v. State
Date: July 9, 2015
Docket Number: SC13-1550

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed the conviction and death sentence, holding (1) the trial court did not err in denying Defendant’s motion for judgment of a...

Bretherick v. State
Date: July 9, 2015
Docket Number: SC13-2312

Justia Opinion Summary: Fla. Stat. 776.032, the “Stand Your Ground” law, provides immunity from prosecution when a defendant has used force as permitted by Fla. Stat. 776.012, 776.013, or 776.031. Defendant in this case was charged with aggrava...

In Re: Amendments to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 1-7.3
Date: July 9, 2015
Docket Number: SC14-1165

State v. Alexis
Date: July 9, 2015
Docket Number: SC14-1341

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant in this criminal case was represented by an attorney who also represented Defendant’s codefendant. At issue on appeal was whether Defendant’s “waiver of the right to conflict-free trial counsel was invalid.” Th...

League of Women Voters of Fla. v. Detzner
Date: July 9, 2015
Docket Number: SC14-1905

Justia Opinion Summary: A trial court found that the Legislature’s 2012 congressional redistricting plan was drawn in violation of the Florida Constitutional’s prohibition on partisan intent because Florida’s twenty-seven congressional district...

J.B. v. Fla. Dep’t of Children & Families
Date: July 9, 2015
Docket Number: SC14-1990

Justia Opinion Summary: After an adjudicatory hearing, the trial court entered judgment terminating Mother’s parental rights to her child. Mother appealed, alleging ten claims of ineffective assistance of counsel regarding her counsel’s perform...

Carter v. State
Date: July 2, 2015
Docket Number: SC13-1076

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of the 2002 first-degree murders of three individuals. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death for two of the murders and to life imprisonment for the third murder. The Supreme Court affirmed...

State of Florida v. Lawrence Andrew Ingram
Date: July 2, 2015
Docket Number: SC14-564

Marlon Faron Kelly v. State of Florida
Date: July 2, 2015
Docket Number: SC14-916

Hayward v. State
Date: June 25, 2015
Docket Numbers: SC12-1386, SC13-1787

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder, armed robbery, armed burglary of a conveyance, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Appellant was sentenced to death. The conviction and se...

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