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Inquiry Concerning Judge Judith W. Hawkins
Date: October 30, 2014
Docket Number: SC12-2495

Justia Opinion Summary: The hearing panel of the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission determined that Judge Judith W. Hawkins, a county judge in the Second Judicial Court, had committed a series of violations of the Code of Judicial Condu...

Lomax v. Taylor
Date: October 30, 2014
Docket Number: SC13-1415

Justia Opinion Summary: Since 2004, Petitioner had initiated forty-three cases other than the instant case that had been denied, transferred, or dismissed. In this case, Petitioner filed a petition for a writ of mandamus. The Supreme Court dism...

In Re: Amendments to The Florida Rules of Judicial Administration
Date: October 30, 2014
Docket Number: SC14-219

Travelers Commercial Ins. Co. v. Harrington
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: SC12-1257

Justia Opinion Summary: Crystal Harrington was injured in a single-car accident while riding as a passenger in a car owned by her father but driven by Joey Williams, a non-family member. The vehicle was insured by Travelers Commercial Insurance...

Parker v. Bd. of Trs.
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Number: SC13-890

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a retired Tampa firefighter, filed a class action complaint against the Board of Trustees of the City Pension Fund for Firefighters and Police Officers in the City of Tampa (Board), claiming that the Board fa...

Tracey v. State
Date: October 16, 2014
Docket Number: SC11-2254

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether the use of real time cell site location information to track a defendant violates the Fourth Amendment if probable cause was not provided to access and use that information. Defendant mo...

Warmington v. State
Date: October 16, 2014
Docket Number: SC12-1050

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of theft of an amount greater than $20,000 but less than $100,000. Defendant appealed the denial of his motion for a mistrial, arguing that testimony elicited by the State d...

LaFave v. State
Date: October 16, 2014
Docket Number: SC12-2232

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd or lascivious battery. The circuit court sentenced Defendant to community control to be followed by seven years of sex offender probation. As a...

Dougherty v. State
Date: October 16, 2014
Docket Number: SC12-2365

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with several offenses, but the trial court entered an order declaring Defendant incompetent to proceed to trial. The trial court later held a competency hearing, during which defense counsel stipula...

Inquiry Concerning Judge Sandy K. Kautz ((SC13-2262 Inquiry Concerning a Judge, No. 13-17 Re: Sandy K. Kautz))
Date: October 16, 2014
Docket Number: SC13-2262

Justia Opinion Summary: The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) served a notice of investigation on Circuit Judge Sandy Kautz pursuant to Rule 6(b) of the FLorida Judicial Qualifications Commissions Rules. The judge entered into a...

State of Florida v. Michael Perez
Date: October 16, 2014
Docket Number: SC13-1958

Inquiry Concerning a Judge, No. 1317 Re: Sandy K. Kautz
Date: October 16, 2014
Docket Number: SC13-2262

State v. Mosley
Date: October 16, 2014
Docket Number: SC13-704

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of lewd and lascivious molestation of a person younger than sixteen and aggravated stalking of a minor under the age of sixteen. Defendant was sentenced as a prison releasee re...

Whitton v. State
Date: October 9, 2014
Docket Number: SC11-2083

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions and sentences on appeal. Defendant later filed a motion for postconviction rel...

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