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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...

Eaglin v. State
Date: June 25, 2015
Docket Numbers: SC12-1760, SC13-1785

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted and sentenced to death for the murders of a correctional officer and an inmate. Defendant committed the murders while attempting to escape from prison where he was serving a life sentence for a pr...

Fletcher v. State
Date: June 25, 2015
Docket Number: SC12-2468

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder, two counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle, home-invasion robbery, two counts of burglary, and escape. The trial court imposed a sentence of death for...

State v. Shelley
Date: June 25, 2015
Docket Number: SC14-755

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with a single violation of Fla. Stat. 847.0135(3)(b), which prohibits the use of a computer to solicit the consent of a parent or legal guardian of a child to engage in unlawful sexual conduct with...

Gutierrez v. State
Date: June 25, 2015
Docket Number: SC14-799

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of sexual battery. On appeal, Defendant argued, among other things, that the trial court erred when it granted the State’s request for a special jury instruction informing t...

Hodgkins v. State
Date: June 18, 2015
Docket Number: SC13-1004

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder. The evidence presented at trial connecting Appellant to the murder consisted only of proof that his DNA was detected within scrapings collected from the victim’s left finge...

In re Laura Marie Watson
Date: June 18, 2015
Docket Number: SC13-1333

Justia Opinion Summary: The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) determined that Laura Marie Watson, a judge of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit, violated the Rules Regulating Professional Conduct and recommended that she be removed...

Hartley v. State
Date: June 18, 2015
Docket Number: SC13-1470

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder, robbery, and kidnapping. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction and sentence on appeal. The ins...

Inquiry Concerning a Judge No. 14-482 Re: Victoria L. Griffin
Date: June 18, 2015
Docket Number: SC15-865

In Re: Amendments to the Code of Judicial Conduct - Canon 7
Date: June 11, 2015
Docket Number: SC13-1951

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