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Koppel v. Ochoa  
Date: May 17, 2018
Docket Number: SC16-1474

Justia Opinion Summary: A motion under Fla. R. Civ. P. 1.090 to enlarge the time to accept a proposal for settlement does not automatically toll the thirty-day deadline for accepting the proposal until the motion is decided. The Second Distric...

Walton v. State  
Date: May 17, 2018
Docket Numbers: SC16-448, SC17-1083

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the postconviction court’s denial of Jason Walton’s motion to vacate sentences of death under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851 and denied Walton’s petition for writ of habeas corpus. Walton was convicte...

Andrews v. State  
Date: May 17, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1034

Justia Opinion Summary: An indigent defendant who is represented by private counsel pro bono is entitled to file motions pertaining to the appointment and costs of experts, mitigation specialists, and investigators ex parte and under seal, with...

Alston v. State  
Date: May 17, 2018
Docket Numbers: SC17-499, SC17-983

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court withdrew the opinion issued on January 22, 2018, and substituted this opinion in its place, reviewing Pressley Bernard Alston’s appeal of the circuit court’s order denying Alston’s motion filed pursuant...

Sierra Club v. Brown  
Date: May 17, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-82

Justia Opinion Summary: The Florida Public Service Commission applied the correct standard of review in its final order approving a nonunanimous settlement agreement between certain parties relating to the rates or service of a public utility p...

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
Date: May 10, 2018
Docket Number: SC16-1430
Morris v. State  
Date: May 10, 2018
Docket Number: SC16-2271

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a juvenile nonhomicide offender, was entitled to resentencing under Graham v. Florida, 560 U.S. 48 (2010), because the sentencing court did not make the required findings at Defendant’s sentencing hearing to c...

In Re: Amendments to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.220
Date: May 10, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-2004
In Re: Amendments to Canon 6 of the Code of Judicial Conduct
Date: May 10, 2018
Docket Number: SC18-648
The Florida Bar v. Jon Douglas Parrish
Date: May 3, 2018
Docket Number: SC15-1988
Jimenez v. State  
Date: May 3, 2018
Docket Number: SC16-1976

Justia Opinion Summary: A local government has the authority under Fla. Stat. 316.0083(1)(a) to contract with a private third-party vendor to review and sort information from red light cameras, in accordance with the local government’s written...

Florida Board of Bar Examiners Re: Donald L. Ferguson
Date: May 3, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1494
Taylor v. State  
Date: May 3, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1501

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the postconviction court denying Appellant’s successive motion for postconviction relief filed under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, in which Appellant claimed newly discovered evidence, i...

Jones v. State  
Date: May 2, 2018
Docket Number: SC18-285

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order denying Appellant’s motion filed pursuant to Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, in which Appellant sought relief pursuant to the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Hurst v...

Reaves v. State  
Date: May 2, 2018
Docket Number: SC18-57

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order denying Appellant’s motion filed pursuant to Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, in which Appellant sought relief pursuant to the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Hurst v...

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