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League of Women Voters of Florida v. Scott  
Date: November 16, 2018
Docket Number: SC18-1573

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case concerning the vacancies created by the mandatory retirements of certain justices, the Supreme Court held that the phrase “within thirty days from the occurrence of a vacancy” in Fla. Const. art. V, 11(c) re...

Law Offices of Herssein and Herssein, P.A. v. United Services Automobile Ass’n  
Date: November 15, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1848

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court approved the decision of the Third District Court of Appeal ruling that the existence of a Facebook “friendship” was not a sufficient basis to disqualify a trial court judge, holding that the existence...

Harvey v. State  
Date: November 15, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-790

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the postconviction court’s summary denial of Appellant’s successive postconviction motion to vacate his sentences of death under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, holding that the record conclusively dem...

Mungin v. State  
Date: November 15, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-815

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the postconviction court denying Appellant’s motion filed pursuant to Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, holding that Appellant was not entitled to relief under Hurst v. Florida, 136 S. Ct. 6...

Reed v. State  
Date: November 15, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-896

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the postconviction court denying Appellant’s motion filed pursuant to Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, holding that the judge who heard Appellant’s motion should have recused herself. Appe...

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
Date: November 15, 2018
Docket Number: SC18-1113
Inquiry Concerning Judge Deborah White-Labora  
Date: November 15, 2018
Docket Number: SC18-950

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court approved the stipulation entered into between Judge Deborah White-Labora, a judge of the Miami-Dade County Court, and the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) to the JQC’s finding that Judge White-L...

Franklin v. State  
Date: November 8, 2018
Docket Number: SC14-1442

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court approved the decision of the First District Court of Appeal affirming the trial court’s denial of Defendant’s motion to vacate his 1000-year sentences with parole eligibility pursuant to Fla. R. Crim. P...

Tisdale v. State  
Date: November 8, 2018
Docket Number: SC16-1032

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant’s death sentence and remanded this case to the trial court for a new penalty phase, holding that the error pursuant to Hurst v. State, 202 So. 3d 40 (Fla. 2016), was not harmless beyon...

Spencer v. State  
Date: November 8, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1269

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court denying Appellant’s successive motion for postconviction relief under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, holding that Appellant was not entitled to relief pursuant to Hurst...

Wright v. State  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: SC13-1213

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reaffirmed the postconviction court’s denial of Appellant’s intellectual disability (ID) claim, holding that Moore v. Texas, 137 S. Ct. 1039 (2017), did not impact the denial of Appellant’s ID claim. O...

State v. Michel  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: SC16-2187

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that juvenile offenders’ sentences of life with the possibility of parole after twenty-five years do not violate the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution, as delineated by the United...

Shepard v. State  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1952

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court approved the decision of the First District Court of Appeal concluding that an automobile can be a weapon for purposes of Florida’s reclassification statute, Fla. Stat. 775.087(1), holding that an autom...

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