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Duckett v. State  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-793

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the postconviction court’s denial of relief to Appellant, a prisoner under sentence of death. At issue on appeal was the circuit court’s order summarily denying Appellant’s second successive mo...

Taylor v. Jones  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: SC17-1145

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

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: SC17-1438
Smith v. State  
Date: October 5, 2017
Docket Number: SC13-2246

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s orders denying Appellant’s successive motions for postconviction relief filed under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851. In 1990, Appellant was convicted of and sentenced to death for...

The Florida Bar v. Arturo Dopazo, III
Date: October 5, 2017
Docket Number: SC15-1305
Lambrix v. State  
Date: September 29, 2017
Docket Number: SC17-1687

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s denial of Appellant’s eighth successive postconviction motion in which Plaintiff challenged the constitutionality of his sentences of death. The sentences of death were impo...

Jones v. State  
Date: September 28, 2017
Docket Number: SC15-1549

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order denying Appellant’s fourth successive motion for postconviction relief filed under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851 and denied relief based on Hurst v. Florida, 577 U.S. __ (201...

State v. Miller  
Date: September 28, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-1170

Justia Opinion Summary: Possession of a driver license is a prerequisite to a conviction pursuant to Fla. Stat. 233.34(5), which provides a third-degree felony penalty for “habitual traffic offenders” who drive with a driver license that has be...

Kumar v. Patel  
Date: September 28, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-1457

Justia Opinion Summary: The Stand Your Ground law does not confer civil liability immunity to a criminal defendant based upon an immunity determination in the criminal case. In reaction to Plaintiff attacking him without provocation, Defendan...

Lambrix v. Jones  
Date: September 26, 2017
Docket Number: SC17-1608

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied the petition for a writ of habeas corpus filed by Petitioner, a prisoner under a sentence of death for the murders of two victims. The court held (1) Petitioner was not entitled to a cumulative r...

Presley v. State  
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: SC16-2089

Justia Opinion Summary: Law enforcement officers may detain the passengers of a vehicle for the reasonable duration of a traffic stop without violating the Fourth Amendment. Defendant was one of two passengers in a vehicle stopped for a faul...

Doorbal v. Jones  
Date: September 20, 2017
Docket Number: SC17-349

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted Petitioner’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus, vacated his sentence of death, and remanded for a new penalty phase, holding that Petitioner’s death sentence violated Hurst v. State, 202 So....

Glover v. State  
Date: September 14, 2017
Docket Number: SC15-1578

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for first-degree murder but vacated his sentence of death and remanded for a new penalty phase. The court held (1) the evidence was sufficient to support Defendant’s conv...

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