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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
In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
Date: June 23, 2016
Docket Number: SC15-1872
Demott v. State  
Date: June 23, 2016
Docket Number: SC15-868

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner pled no contest to aggravated child abuse and simple child abuse. Petitioner was sentenced to a term of imprisonment and drug offender probation. The probation contained a special condition prohibiting Petitio...

Mullens v. State  
Date: June 16, 2016
Docket Number: SC13-1824

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death for the murders and to life imprisonment for the attempted murder...

State v. Bright  
Date: June 16, 2016
Docket Number: SC14-1701

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death for both murders. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions and sentences on appeal....

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases
Date: June 16, 2016
Docket Number: SC15-1275
Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg  
Date: June 9, 2016
Docket Numbers: SC13-1930, SC13-1976

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, Bradley Westphal suffered a severe work-related injury. The City of St. Petersburg provided temporary total disability benefits pursuant to Fla. Stat. 440.15(2). Westphal did not reach maximum medical improvemen...

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