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Hunter v. State
Date: April 30, 2015
Docket Numbers: SC12-246, SC14-88

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was sentenced to death for the murders of four individuals. The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s convictions and sentences. Appellant subsequently filed a motion for postconviction relief....

Hobart v. State
Date: April 30, 2015
Docket Number: SC13-2

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. Appellant was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for one murder and to death for the second murder. The Supreme...

In Re: Amendments to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.852
Date: April 30, 2015
Docket Number: SC13-2295

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
Date: April 30, 2015
Docket Number: SC14-2035

Delgado v. State
Date: April 23, 2015
Docket Number: SC12-579

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of, among other crimes, first-degree felony murder for the murder of a police officer. Defendant was sentenced to death for the murder. Defendant raised three issues on appeal,...

In Re: Amendments to the Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms
Date: April 23, 2015
Docket Number: SC15-339

Guardado v. State
Date: April 16, 2015
Docket Number: SC12-1040

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a weapon and pled guilty to both counts. At the conclusion of the penalty phase, the jury returned a unanimous recommendation of death. The trial...

Bearden v. State
Date: April 16, 2015
Docket Number: SC12-1314

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of second-degree murder, among other offenses. Defendant was received a sentence of life imprisonment for the murder conviction. On appeal, Defendant argued that the trial c...

Pratt v. Weiss
Date: April 16, 2015
Docket Number: SC12-1783

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against medical malpractice action against multiple defendants, including FMC Hospital, Ltd., d/b/a Florida Medical Center, and FMC Medical, Inc., d/b/a Florida Medical Center. A proposed settlement...

Audiffred v. Arnold
Date: April 16, 2015
Docket Number: SC12-2377

Justia Opinion Summary: Valerie Audiffred and her husband, Robert Kimmons, filed an action against Thomas Arnold that arose from an automobile collision. A settlement proposal was filed on behalf of Audiffred, which Arnold constructively reject...

Lawton v. State
Date: April 9, 2015
Docket Number: SC13-685

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Third District Court of Appeal read Graham v. Florida as creating a homicide-case exception to the categorical rule against sentencing a juvenile offender to life without parole for a nonhomicide crime....

State of Florida v. Victor Reed
Date: April 9, 2015
Docket Number: SC14-1801

Inquiry Concerning Judge Recksiedler
Date: April 9, 2015
Docket Number: SC15-311

Justia Opinion Summary: The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) recommended that Jessica J. Recksiedler, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court Judge, receive the sanction of a public reprimand for violating Canons 1, 2A, 4A(2), and 4A(...

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