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Asay v. State  
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: SC17-1400

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s denial of Mark Asay’s third successive motion for postconviction relief and denied Asay’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus. The court also denied Asay’s motion for a sta...

Mark James Asay v. Julie L. Jones, etc.
Date: August 14, 2017
Docket Number: SC17-1429
Hitchcock v. State  
Date: August 10, 2017
Docket Number: SC17-445

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order summarily denying Appellant’s successive postconviction motion for postconviction relief pursuant to Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851. Appellant, a prisoner whose death sentence...

Jeffries v. State  
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: SC14-1965

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for first-degree murder, vacated his death sentence, and remanded for a new penalty phase, holding that there was sufficient evidence to support Defendant’s convictions b...

Holmes Regional Medical Center, Inc. v. Allstate Insurance Co.  
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: SC15-1555

Justia Opinion Summary: A party that has had judgment entered against it is not entitled to seek equitable subrogation from a subsequent tortfeasor when the judgment has not fully been sustained. Benjamin Hintz was injured when his scooter col...

Government Employees Insurance Co. v. Macedo  
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-935

Justia Opinion Summary: The ambiguous section of the insurance policy at issue in this case must be construed in favor of coverage for the costs and attorneys’ fees awarded against the insured pursuant to the offer of judgment statute, Fla. Sta...

Toby Bogorff, et al. v. Rick Scott, Governor, et al.
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: SC17-1155
Venice HMA, LLC v. Sarasota County  
Date: July 6, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC15-2289, SC15-2292

Justia Opinion Summary: The indigent care provision of the special law applicable only to Sarasota County does not constitute an unconstitutional privilege because it applies equally to all hospitals in Sarasota County, whether public or privat...

Peterson v. State  
Date: July 6, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC16-289, SC16-1279

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the postconviction court’s order denying Robert Peterson post-conviction relief as to the guilt phase of Peterson’s criminal trial and denied Peterson’s separate habeas petition. The court, how...

Bailey v. Jones  
Date: July 6, 2017
Docket Number: SC17-433

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted Petitioner’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus, vacated Petitioner’s death sentence, and remanded to the circuit court for a new penalty phase. In his habeas petition, Petitioner sought relie...

Williams v. State  
Date: June 29, 2017
Docket Number: SC13-1472

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the postconviction court’s order denying Appellant’s claims raised in his motion to vacate his conviction of first-degree murder and sentence of death, with the exception of Appellant’s ineffec...

Cole v. State  
Date: June 29, 2017
Docket Number: SC13-2245

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant, an inmate under a sentence of death, appealed the denial of her motion for postconviction relief filed under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851. The Supreme Court affirmed the denial of relief for a new guilt phase but gr...

Bargo v. State  
Date: June 29, 2017
Docket Number: SC14-125

Justia Opinion Summary: On direct appeal, the Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s first-degree murder conviction but vacated his sentence of death and remanded for a new penalty phase, holding (1) Appellant’s ineffective assistance of counsel cl...

Sexton v. State  
Date: June 29, 2017
Docket Number: SC14-62

Justia Opinion Summary: On direct appeal, the Supreme Court affirmed Appellant's first-degree murder conviction but reversed his sentence of death and remanded this case to the trial court for a new penalty phase. The court held (1) the trial c...

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