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The Florida Bar v. Robert Joseph Ratiner
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: SC13-539
Wall v. State  
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: SC16-1221

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s convictions for two counts of first-degree murder and his sentences of death, holding that the trial court did not commit prejudicial error. Appellant pleaded guilty to the murder o...

Guzman v. State  
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: SC16-1711

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant’s convictions for armed robbery and first-degree murder but vacated his sentence of death and remanded for a new penalty phase. Following a third trial, Appellant was found guilty of...

Williams v. State  
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-506

Justia Opinion Summary: Alleyne v. United States, 570 U.S. 99 (2013) requires a jury to make the factual finding under Fla. Stat. 775.082(1)(b) as to whether a juvenile offender actually killed, intended to kill, or attempted to kill the victim...

Franklin v. State  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-824

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the postconviction court’s summary denial of Appellant’s postconviction motion to vacate his sentence of death under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, holding that any Hurst error during Appellant’s pena...

Branch v. State  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Numbers: SC18-190, SC18-218

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s summary denial of Eric Scott Branch’s second successive motion for postconviction relief filed under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851 and denied Branch’s petition for a writ of habeas...

Rodgers v. State  
Date: February 8, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1050

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s summary denial of Appellant’s postconviction motion filed pursuant to Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851 seeking sentencing relief under Hurst v. Florida, 136 S. Ct. 616 (2016), and Hur...

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
Date: February 8, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1714
In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
Date: February 8, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1740
Hamilton v. State  
Date: February 8, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-42

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s orders denying Appellant’s successive motion for postconviction relief, filed under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, and denying his demands for additional public records, filed unde...

Damren v. State  
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1080

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order denying Floyd William Damren’s motion filed under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, holding that Damren was not entitled to relief pursuant to the United States Supreme Court’s...

Melton v. State  
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1147

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order denying Antonio Labaron Melton’s motion filed under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, holding that Melton was not entitled to relief pursuant to the United States Supreme Court’...

Derrick v. State  
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1242

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order denying Samuel Jason Derrick’s motion filed under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, holding that Derrick was not entitled to relief pursuant to the United States Supreme Court’s...

Pietri v. State  
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1281

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order denying Norberto Pietri’s motion filed under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, holding that Pietri was not entitled to relief pursuant to the United States Supreme Court’s decis...

Griffin v. State  
Date: February 2, 2018
Docket Number: SC17-1306

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court’s order denying Michael Allen Griffin’s motion filed under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, holding that Griffin was not entitled to relief pursuant to the United States Supreme Court’...

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