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Jackson v. State  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: SC13-1232

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder, sexual battery with a deadly weapon, and other offenses. The trial court sentenced Appellant to death for the murder conviction. The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s conv...

Baker v. State  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC13-2331, SC14-873

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping, and home invasion robbery. At the conclusion of the penalty phase, the jury recommended death by a vote of nine to three. The trial court se...

Deviney v. State  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: SC15-1903

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder. The jury returned a recommendation in favor of death by a vote of eight to four. The trial court accepted the recommendation and sentenced Defendant to...

Roberts v. Jones  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-1150

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1982, Petitioner pled guilty to several counts of attempted first-degree murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, and other offenses. Petitioner was sentenced to life imprisonment for those offenses. Thereafter, Petition...

Desue v. Jones  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-1222

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1987, Petitioner was convicted of several counts of uttering forgery. In 1992, Petitioner was convicted of robbery with a deadly weapon and robbery without a weapon. After his convictions and sentences became final, P...

Pray v. Forman  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-713

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2000, Petitioner was sentenced to life in prison for attempted first-degree murder and attempted robbery with a gun or deadly weapon. The Court of Appeal affirmed the convictions and sentences. Thereafter, Petitioner...

Smith v. State  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC12-2466, SC13-2112

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of four counts of first-degree murder, four counts of conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of manslaughter, and other crimes. The jury recommended by a vote of ten to two th...

Wright v. State  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: SC13-1213

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, two counts of robbery, and one count of carjacking. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death for each mur...

Debaun v. State  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: SC13-2336

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with violating Fla. Stat. 384.24(2), which was enacted to prevent the spread of sexually transmissible diseases. The charge arose from a homosexual relationship between Defendant and the victim. Def...

Hodges v. State  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: SC14-878

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder. The jury recommended the death sentence by a vote of ten to two. The Supreme Court affirmed the conviction and the death sentence. Thereafter, Appellant...

City of Largo, Florida v. Ahf-Bay Fund, LLC. – Corrected Opinion
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: SC15-1261
Citizens of the State of Florida v. Graham  
Date: March 16, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-141

Justia Opinion Summary: Florida Public Utilities Company (FPUC), an electric utility that relies solely on wholesale purchase power agreements with other electric utilities, entered into a settlement agreement with the Office of Public Counsel...

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