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Morris v. State  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: SC14-1317

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted and sentenced to death on two counts for the first-degree premeditated murders of two police officers. The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and sentences, holding (1) the trial court did not...

Tundidor v. State  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: SC14-2276

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted felony murder, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Appellant was sentenced to death for the murder conviction. The Supreme Court vacate...

Altersberger v. State  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC15-628, SC15-1612

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder. The jury recommended the death penalty by a vote of nine to three. The Supreme Court followed the recommendation and sentenced Defendant to death. Defendant filed a motion...

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-1692
In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-2239
State v. Spencer  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-54

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of two counts of attempted second-degree murder. The First District Court of Appeal reversed the convictions because the trial court “failed to instruct that [Defendant] could not be guilty of att...

Johnson v. State  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: SC13-711

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner pleaded guilty to armed burglary of a dwelling, armed kidnapping, attempted first-degree murder, and sexual battery using force or a weapon. Petitioner was sentenced to six concurrent life sentences. Petitione...

Brookins v. State  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: SC14-418

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first-degree premeditated and felony murder. The jury recommended the death penalty by a vote of ten to two. The trial court followed the jury’s recommendation and senten...

Banks v. State  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC14-979, SC15-297

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Donald Lenneth Banks was found guilty of first-degree murder. The jury recommended the death penalty by a vote of ten to two. Following the jury’s recommendation, the trial court sentenced Banks to de...

Rodriguez v. State  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: SC15-1795

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and other offenses. The jury recommended by a vote of twelve to zero that Appellant be sentenced to death for the murder. The trial court followed the jury’s...

B.R.C.M. v. Florida Department of Children & Families  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-179

Justia Opinion Summary: B.R.C.M., an unaccompanied minor from Guatemala, illegally entered the United States at age thirteen and was released to his godmother as a sponsor. Thereafter, a private petition was filed on behalf of B.R.C.M. alleging...

McMillian v. State  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: SC14-1796

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of premeditated first-degree murder and of attempted second-degree murder. The trial court, following the jury’s recommendation, sentenced Appellant to death. The Supreme Co...

Worley v. Central Florida Young Men's Christian Ass’n  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: SC15-1086

Justia Opinion Summary: Heather Worley fell in the parking lot of Central Florida Young Men’s Christian Association, Inc. (YMCA). Worley's counsel filed a negligence suit against YMCA on behalf of Worley, seeking to recover damages, including t...

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