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The Florida Bar v. Robert D. Adams and The Florida Bar v. Adam Robert Filthaut
Date: August 25, 2016
Docket Numbers: SC14-1054, SC14-1056
Chirillo v. Granicz  
Date: August 25, 2016
Docket Number: SC14-898

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Granicz, as personal representative of his wife's estate, filed a medical malpractice action asserting that her primary care physician, Dr. Joseph S. Chirillo, Jr., breached his duty of care in treating her, which...

Hatten v. Florida  
Date: August 25, 2016
Docket Number: SC15-22

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant argued that the trial court erred as a matter of law by sentencing him for attempted second-degree murder (count III) to 40 years with a 25-year mandatory minimum pursuant to Fla. Stat. 775.087(2), the 10-20-Li...

Patterson v. Florida  
Date: August 25, 2016
Docket Number: SC15-228

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of multiple crimes stemming from the alleged arsons of his truck and residence. The First and Fourth District Courts of Appeal reached conflicting decisions regarding the due process implications...

Mansfield v. Florida  
Date: August 25, 2016
Docket Number: SC15-411

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. On appeal, defendant challenged an order denying his motion to vacate a judgment of conviction of first-degree murder and a sentence of death under F...

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
Date: August 25, 2016
Docket Number: SC16-737
Villanueva v. State  
Date: July 7, 2016
Docket Number: SC13-1828

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was acquitted of lewd and lascivious molestation but convicted of misdemeanor battery - a lesser included offense of the molestation charge. As a special condition of his probation Defendant...

Gaulden v. State  
Date: July 7, 2016
Docket Number: SC14-399

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was driving a truck with when the passenger opened the passenger door. The passenger suddenly left the moving vehicle and was later found dead on the ground adjacent to the roadway. Petitioner was convicted of...

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
Date: July 7, 2016
Docket Number: SC15-2372
In re Inquiry Concerning Judge Jerri Collins  
Date: July 7, 2016
Docket Number: SC16-548

Justia Opinion Summary: The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) alleged that Seminole County Judge Jerri Collins violated Canons 1, 2A, and 3B(4) of the Code of Judicial Conduct in the course of presiding over a domestic violence c...

In re Inquiry Concerning Judge Gregory Holder  
Date: July 7, 2016
Docket Number: SC16-970

Justia Opinion Summary: The Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) accused Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Judge Gregory Holder of engaging in improper conduct while presiding over a criminal case in violation of five canons of the Code of Judici...

Brant v. State  
Date: June 30, 2016
Docket Numbers: SC14-787, SC14-2278

Justia Opinion Summary: After a trial, Defendant was found guilty of murder, sexual battery, kidnapping, burglary, and grand theft. Defendant was sentenced to death for the murder. The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and sentences. Defen...

In Re: Amendments to Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.140
Date: June 30, 2016
Docket Number: SC15-2296
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