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Walton v. State  
Date: December 1, 2016
Docket Number: SC13-1652

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of two counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer with possession and discharge of a firearm during commission of that crime and two counts of attempted armed robbery with possession...

Johnson v. State  
Date: December 1, 2016
Docket Number: SC14-1175

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1981, Appellant was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder, among other crimes. Appellant was sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed on direct appeal. The Supreme Court later granted Appellant’s peti...

Sebo v. American Home Assurance Co.  
Date: December 1, 2016
Docket Number: SC14-897

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2005, John Sebo purchased a home. American Home Assurance Company (AHAC) provided homeowners insurance as of the date of the purchase. It later became clear that the house suffered from major design and construction d...

In re Judge John Patrick Contini  
Date: December 1, 2016
Docket Number: SC15-2148

Justia Opinion Summary: The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) filed a notice of formal charges against Judge John P. Contini of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit for violating the Code of Judicial Conduct by sending an ex parte e-...

Cherry v. Jones  
Date: December 1, 2016
Docket Number: SC15-957

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. A jury recommended sentences of death. The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and one of the death sentences but vacated the other death sentence with i...

Wright v. State  
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: SC13-1213

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant 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...

Franklin v. State  
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: SC13-1632

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of the first-degree murder of a corrections officer at the Columbia Correctional Institution. The jury ultimately recommended a sentence of death, and the trial court sentenced...

Grimsley v. Jones  
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: SC16-1041

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner is incarcerated in the Florida Department of Corrections upon his judgments of conviction and sentences for robbery with a firearm, aggravated battery with firearm, and other offenses. In 2005, Petitioner bega...

In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure
Date: November 23, 2016
Docket Number: SC16-640
McCloud v. State  
Date: November 17, 2016
Docket Number: SC12-2103

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. The jury recommended death sentences for the murder convictions, and the trial court sentenced Defendant to death. The Supreme Court affir...

Phillips v. State  
Date: November 17, 2016
Docket Number: SC12-876

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of armed robbery, attempted robbery, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. The trial court imposed two sentences of de...

Robinson v. State  
Date: November 17, 2016
Docket Number: SC15-233

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, Defendant was charged in an information with several counts related to child pornography. After Defendant was arrested on an arrest warrant issued in 2009 for possession of child pornography, he filed a motion t...

Davis v. State  
Date: November 10, 2016
Docket Number: SC11-1122

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of armed robbery, and one count of first-degree arson. The trial court imposed two...

Davis v. State  
Date: November 10, 2016
Docket Number: SC13-1

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was the Appellant in two separate death penalty direct appeals. In the present case, Appellant was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder, and one count each...

Thompson v. State  
Date: November 10, 2016
Docket Number: SC15-1752

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. After the United States Supreme Court ruled in Atkins v. Virginia that it was unconstitutional to execute persons with intellectual disabilities, App...

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