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D’Agastino v. City of Miami  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-645

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was the authority of the City of Miami Civilian Investigative Panel (CIP), an independent body designed to investigate and review instances of alleged police misconduct and review police policies an...

Hall v. State  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC14-2225, SC15-859

Justia Opinion Summary: Donte Jermaine Hall was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Anthony Blunt. The jury voted eight to four in favor of a death sentence for the murder of Blunt. The trial court followed the jury’s recommendat...

Bevel v. State  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC14-770, SC14-2106

Justia Opinion Summary: Thomas Bevel was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder. The jury recommended the death penalty by a vote of eight to four as to the murder of Garrick Springfield and by a unanimous vote of twelve to zero as t...

Zack v. State  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC15-1756, SC16-1090

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Duane Zack, III was found guilty of the sexual assault, robbery, and first-degree murder of Ravonne Smith. After a penalty phase hearing, the jury recommended a sentence of death by a vote of eleven to one. The t...

Braddy v. State  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC15-404, SC16-481

Justia Opinion Summary: Harrel Franklin Braddy was convicted of first-degree murder and other crimes. After a penalty phase, the jury recommended the death penalty by a vote of eleven to one. The trial court sentenced Braddy to death. The Supre...

Treasure Coast Marina, LC v. City of Fort Pierce  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-1107

Justia Opinion Summary: For purposes of applying the municipal or public purposes tax exemption contained in Fla. Const. art. VII, section 3(a), a public marina owned and operated by a municipality is a traditional municipal function that carri...

Fails v. Jones  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: SC17-327

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, an inmate in state custody, filed a pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus. This was the thirteenth extraordinary writ petition or notice he had filed pertaining to a certain criminal case. The Supreme Cou...

North Broward Hospital District v. Kalitan  
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: SC15-1858

Justia Opinion Summary: The caps on personal injury noneconomic damages in medical negligence actions provided in Fla. Stat. 766.118 violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Florida Constitution. This case arose after complications from surg...

Okafor v. State  
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: SC15-2136

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant’s sentence of death and remanded this case for a new penalty phase. After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of one count of first-degree premeditated murder. Following a penalty p...

Michael Joe McCoy v. State of Florida
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-1316
Jeffrey D. Williams v. State of Florida
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-451
Middleton v. State  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: SC12-2469

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted Appellant’s motion for rehearing and substituted this revised opinion for its previous opinion issued October 22, 2015 in order to consider Appellant’s claim that he was entitled to a new penalt...

Robert N. Gresham v. State of Florida
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-359
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