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Evans v. State  
Date: February 20, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC16-1946, SC16-2133

Justia Opinion Summary: Here the Supreme Court considered two petitions for writs of prohibition filed in Evans v. State and Rosario v. State. In Evans, the trial court determined that it would death qualify the jury in Evans’ first-degree murd...

Ledoux-Nottingham v. Downs  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: SC15-1037

Justia Opinion Summary: Mother and Father were divorced in Colorado. After Father died, Mother and her two minor children moved to Florida. Grandparents subsequently initiated a proceeding in Colorado seeking visitation with the children. Mothe...

Patrick v. Hess  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: SC15-1147

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, Respondents obtained an amended judgment against Petitioner in an Arizona federal district court. In 2006, Respondents registered the Arizona judgment in Florida under the Florida Enforcement of Foreign Judgment...

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, Inc.  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: SC15-1257

Justia Opinion Summary: A hospital provided medical services to twenty-nine insureds who were injured in motor vehicle accidents. After paying the hospital, the insurer requested certain documentation relating to the reasonableness of the charg...

The Florida Bar v. Michael Eugene Wynn
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: SC15-1323
In Re: Amendments to the Florida Evidence Code
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-181
Gainesville Woman Care, LLC v. State  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-381

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2015, the Florida Legislature amended the Woman’s Right to Know Act. The amendments constituted the Mandatory Delay Law (the Law), which imposes an additional twenty-four hour waiting period on women seeking to termin...

Dubose v. State  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: SC10-2363

Justia Opinion Summary: After a second jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of both first-degree premeditated murder and felony murder, with burglary as the underlying felony. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death. The Supreme Court af...

Bogle v. State  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC11-2403, SC12-2465

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder. The jury recommended death by a vote of ten-to-two. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death. The Supreme Court affirmed on direct appeal. Defendant...

Debrincat v. Fischer  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: SC15-1477

Justia Opinion Summary: Richard and Jason Debrincat filed the original civil proceeding against a group of defendants. Stephen Fischer was later added as a party defendant, but the Debrincats subsequently dropped Fischer from the underlying pro...

Hall v. State  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC15-1662, SC16-224

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted and sentenced to death for the first-degree premeditated murder of a corrections officer. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions and sentence. Defendant later filed a motion to vacate...

State v. Wiley  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: SC15-2389

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled no contest to multiple offenses arising out of a road rage incident. The trial court adjudicated Defendant guilty and imposed a downward sentence. At the sentencing hearing, the prosecutor argued against a...

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-1184
In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-1185
Kaczmar v. Florida  
Date: January 31, 2017
Docket Number: SC13-2247

Justia Opinion Summary: Kaczmar was convicted for first-degree murder, attempted sexual battery, and arson. Kaczmar had been previously convicted of a robbery. The state presented a victim impact statement from the victim’s brother. The defen...

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