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King v. State  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1486

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the postconviction court denying Appellant’s guilt phase claims, vacating his sentence of death, and remanding this case for a new penalty phase based on Hurst v. State (Hurst), 20...

Ruiz v. Tenet Hialeah Healthsystem, Inc.  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1562

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court quashed the decision of the Third District Court of Appeal affirming the entry of a directed verdict in favor of Arturo Lorenzo, M.D. in this medical malpractice action, holding that the decision below...

Allen v. State  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1623

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court denying Appellant’s motion for postconviction relief filed under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, holding that the circuit court did not err or abuse its discretion. App...

Gosciminski v. State  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1928

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme court affirmed the circuit court’s order granting in part and denying in part Appellant’s motion for DNA testing under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.853, holding that none of Appellant’s claims on appeal had merit. Af...

Rivera v. State  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1991

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the postconviction court’s denial of Appellant’s successive motion for postconviction relief from a sentence of death, holding that any error in the proceedings below was harmless. Appellant w...

Lee Memorial Health System v. Progressive Select Insurance Co.  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1993

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed certain portions of the decision of the Second District Court of Appeal holding that chapter 2000-439, section 18, Laws of Florida (the LMHS Lien Law) is invalid under the Florida Constitution,...

McCloud v. State  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-2011

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court approved of the decision of the Second District Court of Appeal in this case concerning the proper interpretation of Florida’s witness tampering statute, Fla. Stat. 914.22, holding that the statute does...

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-2265
The Florida Bar v. Jacqueline Marie Kinsella
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-55
State v. Murray  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Numbers: SC17-707, SC18-560, SC18-334

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the orders of the trial court partially granting and partially denying Gerald Delane Murray’s initial motion for postconviction relief under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851 and denying Murray’s successi...

Marts v. Jones  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: SC18-1163

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Petitioner’s petition for writ of habeas corpus and directed the Clerk of Court to reject any future pleadings or other requests for relief submitted by Petitioner that are related to Petition...

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: SC18-1295
Robinson v. State  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: SC18-16

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court denying Appellant’s successive motion for postconviction relief, holding that Mullens v. State, 197 So. 3d 16 (Fla. 2016) controlled the outcome of this case....

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: SC18-1717
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