Florida Supreme Court Decisions 2013

The Florida Bar v. Peter M. MacNamara
Date: December 19, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1029
McCoy v. State  
Date: December 19, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-676

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to first-degree murder with a firearm. After a penalty-phase proceeding conducted before a jury, the trial court imposed the death sentence for the murder. The Supreme Court affirmed the conviction...

Muhammad v. State  
Date: December 19, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-2015

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1980, Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. After the Governor signed the death warrant in this case, Appellant filed a successive motion for postconviction relief seeking to vacate hi...

In Re: Certification of Need for Additional Judges
Date: December 19, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-2296
League of Women Voters of Fla. v. Fla. House of Representatives  
Date: December 13, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-951

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs brought lawsuits challenging the validity of the 2012 congressional apportionment plan (Plan) under the Florida Constitution's redistricting standards. At issue before the Supreme Court was whether Florida sta...

Rene Romo, et al., v. The Florida House of Representatives, et al.,
Date: December 13, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-951
State v. S.M.  
Date: December 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-1405

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a juvenile, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a victim whom Petitioner knew or should have known was pregnant. Petitioner was on probation at the time of her arrest. Prior to the adjudicator...

In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure
Date: December 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-2066
In Re: Amendments to the Florida Evidence Code
Date: December 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-98
The Florida Bar v. Max Ricardo Whitney
Date: December 5, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1135
Court Order (br />)
Date: December 5, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1679
Court Order
Date: December 5, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1679
Annemarie Riethmiller v. William Riethmiller
Date: December 5, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-1183
In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases Report No. 201204
Date: December 5, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-1601
In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases Report No. 201205
Date: December 5, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-2031
Paul Pomfret, et al. v. John Atkinson
Date: November 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-665
In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rules of Traffic Court
Date: November 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-2424
Moore v. State  
Date: November 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-459

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of robbing and killing Johnny Parrish and burning down Parrish's house. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death for the first-degree murder conviction. Defendant subsequently filed two postco...

In Re: Amendments to the Florida Probate Rules
Date: November 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-2065
& SC102336 Rehearing Order
Date: November 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-2292
T.D. Thomson Constr. Co. v. Lakeview Reserve Homeowners Ass'n, Inc. (Revised Opinion with)  
Date: November 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-2336

Justia Opinion Summary: Lakeview Reserve Homeowners Association filed an action against Maronda Homes, Inc. for breach of the implied warranties of fitness and merchantability (referred to as the implied warranty of habitability in the resident...

Diaz v. State  
Date: November 21, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC11-949, SC12-289

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed the conviction and sentence on appeal. Appellant subsequently filed a postconviction motion seeking to...

Clarification Order
Date: November 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-1566
In Re: Standard Jury Instructions In Criminal Cases Report No. 201208
Date: November 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-2594
Joel Diaz v. Michael D. Crews, etc.
Date: November 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-289
The Florida Bar v. Russell Samuel Adler
Date: November 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1863
The Florida Bar v. Eugene Keith Polk
Date: November 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2500
In Re: Amendments to the Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure
Date: November 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-1205
In Re: Amendments to Florida Rules of Judicial Administration
Date: November 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-1915
In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure
Date: November 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-74
In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases Report No. 201301
Date: November 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-75
Swafford v. State  
Date: November 7, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-1772

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial in 1985, Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder and sexual battery. Appellant later filed a motion for postconviction relief seeking to have his convictions vacated after newly discovered evide...

Notice of Correction
Date: November 7, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-2471
Hernandez-Alberto v. Crews  
Date: November 7, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1608

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was convicted of the first-degree murders of his two stepdaughters. The trial court sentenced Petitioner to death for each of the murders. The Supreme Court affirmed Petitioner's conviction...

Pedro HernandezAlberto v. Michael D. Crews, etc. (br />)
Date: November 7, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1608
Ulloa v. CMI, Inc.  
Date: November 7, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2291

Justia Opinion Summary: After certain Florida criminal defendants were charged with driving under the influence (DUI), they sought the computer source codes of the breathalyzer equipment manufactured by CMI, Inc., a Kentucky-based corporation,...

D.M.T. v. T.M.H.  
Date: November 7, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-261

Justia Opinion Summary: Two women, DMT and TMH, agreed to jointly conceive and raise a child together. The child was conceived through the use of assisted reproductive technology. TMH provided the egg, and DMT gave birth to the child. The coupl...

The Florida Bar v. Jeffrey Alan Norkin
Date: October 31, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC11-1356, SC13-2480
Granada Lakes Villas Condo. Ass'n v. MetroDade Invs. Co.  
Date: October 31, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2590

Justia Opinion Summary: The Developer of a subdivision of a larger condominium complex (Complex) and the Complex sued the condominium association (Association), alleging that the Association failed to pay the Developer and Complex related expen...

Calhoun v. State  
Date: October 31, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-1086

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping and sentenced to death. Appellant appealed, arguing, among other things, that (1) the trial court erred in allowing the State to ask a law...

Henry v. State  
Date: October 31, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-2467

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder. The trial court imposed two death sentences after finding several aggravating factors. The Supreme Court affirmed on direct appeal. After Appellant's initial...

In Re: Amendments to Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.220(b)
Date: October 31, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-1702
Kimbrough v. State  
Date: October 31, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-1950

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was convicted of first-degree murder, burglary of a battery therein, and sexual battery with great force. Appellant was sentenced to death. The Supreme Court upheld the convictions and death sentence on appeal...

Friedrich v. Fetterman & Assocs., P.A.  
Date: October 24, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2188

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was injured when his chair collapsed at the offices of Defendant. Plaintiff sued Defendant for negligence on the grounds that Defendant had negligently failed to warn Plaintiff of the chair's dangerous conditio...

In Re: Amendments To Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2. 140
Date: October 24, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-619
Wickham v. State  
Date: October 17, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC12-303, SC11-1193

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1986, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed on appeal. Defendant subsequently filed a motion for postconviction relief, which the trial court denied after an...

Jerry Michael Wickham v. Michael D. Crews, etc. (Revised Opinion and)
Date: October 17, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC11-1193, SC12-303
Foster v. State  
Date: October 17, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1761

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of the first-degree murder of a high school band teacher. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death. The Supreme Court affirmed on appeal. Defendant later filed a petition f...

Campbell v. State  
Date: October 17, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-28

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea of nolo contendere, Defendant was convicted of sex-related offenses and sentenced to forty-five years' imprisonment. Nearly eleven years after the sentence had been imposed, Defendant filed a motion to...

Mackey v. State  
Date: October 17, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-573

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to carrying a concealed firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court erred by denying his motion to suppress the firearm, his identity a...

Kalisz v. State  
Date: October 17, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-580

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, and burglary of a dwelling. The trial court imposed death sentences for the murders of both victims. Defendant ap...

Greenwade v. State  
Date: October 17, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-598

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of trafficking in cocaine. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court erred by denying his motion for judgment of acquittal on the trafficking charge because the State ha...

Barnes v. State (Revised Opinion and)  
Date: October 17, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-875

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1988, Defendant pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. Defendant was sentenced to death and to terms of imprisonment for related charges. The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and sentence. Defendant subsequently...

Rehearing Order
Date: October 17, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-875
Troy Victorino v. Michael D. Crews, etc.
Date: October 10, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-2123
Victorino v. State  
Date: October 10, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC12-482, SC12-2123

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of six counts of first-degree murder and one count each of abuse to a dead human body, armed burglary of a dwelling, conspiracy, and cruelty to an animal. The trial court impos...

Treacy v. Lamberti  
Date: October 10, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-647

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was a juvenile charged as an adult with attempted first-degree murder with a deadly weapon. After the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Graham v. Florida, Petitioner filed a motion to have a bond set....

Florida Board of Bar Examiners Re: B.U.U.
Date: October 10, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-446
Harris v. State  
Date: October 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC08-1871

Justia Opinion Summary: This was the second time this case was before the Supreme Court. In the Court's previous decision, the Court quashed the court of appeal's decision, holding that the trial court should have granted Defendant's motion to...

Rafael Matarranz v. State of Florida (with)
Date: October 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1617
Notice of Correction
Date: October 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1617
Tony Brown v. State of Florida
Date: October 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2470
In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure
Date: October 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-1354
In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure
Date: October 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-1355
Matarranz v. State  
Date: September 26, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1617

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first-degree murder and burglary. Defendant appealed, alleging that the trial court's failure to remove a prospective juror for cause resulted in a denial of his right to...

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions In Criminal Cases Report No. 201206
Date: September 26, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-2296
In Re: Amendment To Florida Rule of Appellate Procedure 9.140
Date: September 26, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-1492
In Re: Amendments To The Florida Probate Rules
Date: September 26, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-30
In Re: Amendments To The Florida Small Claims Rules
Date: September 26, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-72
Young v. State  
Date: September 19, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2151

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of burglary of a dwelling with an assault or battery with a dangerous weapon, robbery with a weapon, and carjacking with a dangerous weapon. The court of appeal affirmed Defend...

Brown v. State  
Date: September 19, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2300

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed the first-degree murder conviction and death sentence, holding (1) the trial court did not err in find...

Michael James Jackson v. Michael D. Crews, etc.
Date: September 19, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-2006
Jackson v. State  
Date: September 19, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC12-238, SC12-2006

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of robbery, and two counts of kidnapping. The trial court sentenced Defendant to concurrent sentences of death for both murders...

F.R., a juvenile v. State of Florida
Date: September 19, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-602
Gosciminski v. State  
Date: September 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC09-2234

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed his conviction for first-degree murder and sentenced of death. On appeal, defendant raised eighteen claims of error and the State raised a claim regarding the proportionality of the death sentence in t...

William A. Gregory v. State of Florida (with)
Date: September 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-842
Notice of Correction
Date: September 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-842
Stephen Smith v. Michael D. Crews, etc.
Date: September 12, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-1001
Smith v. State  
Date: September 12, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC12-53, SC12-1001

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, convicted of first-degree murder of a state correctional officer, appealed an order of the circuit court denying his motion to vacate his death sentence under Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.851 and peti...

The Florida Bar v. Clint Johnson (,)
Date: September 4, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1136
Van, Sr., et ux., v. Schmidt  
Date: September 4, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1467

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs sued defendant, seeking recovery for injuries allegedly sustained in an automobile collision. This case concerned the proper standard of review and the appropriate remedy when an appellate court reviewed a tri...

The Florida Bar v. Clint Johnson (amp;)
Date: September 4, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1578
The Florida Bar v. Clint Johnson
Date: September 4, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2343
In Re: Standard Jury Instructions In Criminal Cases Report 201207
Date: September 4, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-2593
In Re: Standard Jury Instructions In Criminal Cases Report No. 201209
Date: September 4, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-2595
In Re: Amendments To Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms
Date: September 4, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-532
Williams v. State  
Date: August 29, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1543

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with burglary, grand theft, dealing in stolen property, and providing false information to a pawnbroker. The trial court refused to refer to Fla. Stat. 812.025 in its jury instructions or otherwise...

Notice of Correction
Date: August 29, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2455
William A. Gregory v. State of Florida (with)
Date: August 29, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-842
Notice of Correction
Date: August 29, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-842
Blackmon v. State  
Date: August 29, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-903

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with burglary, petit theft, and dealing in stolen property. The trial court did not instruct the jury it could not return a guilty verdict for both theft and dealing in stolen property pursuant to F...

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases Instruction 14.2
Date: August 29, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-1940
Notice of Correction
Date: August 29, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-323
Gore v. State  
Date: August 13, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-1281

Justia Opinion Summary: On May 13, 2013, the Governor signed a death warrant for Defendant and set the execution date. After Defendant's state counsel wrote the Governor a letter stating there was reason to believe Defendant was insane to be ex...

Maronda Homes, Inc. of Fla. v. Lakeview Reserve Homeowners Ass'n  
Date: July 11, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC10-2292, SC10-2336

Justia Opinion Summary: Lakeview Reserve Homeowners Association filed an action against Maronda Homes for breach of the implied warranties of fitness and merchantability, also referred to as the implied warranty of habitability in the residenti...

Allen v. State  
Date: July 11, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1206

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping. The trial court imposed a sentence of death. Defendant appealed. The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and sentences, holding (1) th...

Gil v. State  
Date: July 11, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1983

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled nolo contendere to a misdemeanor driving with a suspended license charge in violation of Fla. Stat. 322.34(2) and was sentenced to a term of probation. On the same day, the state attorney filed an informat...

Long v. State  
Date: July 11, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-103

Justia Opinion Summary: Among other crimes, Defendant pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of Michelle Simms and was sentenced to death. The Supreme Court vacated the death sentence and remanded. After the second sentencing proceeding, the...

Werdell v. Crews  
Date: July 11, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC12-1640, SC12-1528

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2003, Petitioner was convicted of committing various offenses and was sentenced to terms of imprisonment. Petitioner subsequently filed numerous nonmeritorious pleadings and requests for relief related to his criminal...

- Edward K. Werdell v. Michael D. Crews, etc.
Date: July 11, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-1640
Arsali v. Chase Home Fin., LLC  
Date: July 11, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-600

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the circuit court entered a final summary judgment of foreclosure against Borrowers regarding their shared residence. One month before the scheduled judicial foreclosure sale, Chase Home Finance, Borrowers'...

Fla. House of Representatives v. League of Women Voters of Fla.  
Date: July 11, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-252

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, voters approved an amendment to the Florida Constitution providing for express new state constitutional standards to govern the apportionment of legislative districts. Those standards were enumerated in Fla. Con...

Davis v. State  
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-135

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial in which the jury rejected Defendant's insanity defense, Defendant was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment and one sentence of death. The Su...

Shellito v. State  
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC11-1447, SC10-2043

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed on direct appeal. Defendant subsequently filed a motion for postconviction relief, which the postconvi...

Hernandez-Alberto v. State  
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC11-1608, SC10-2471

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of first-degree premeditated murder and sentenced to death for each murder. The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and sentences on direct appeal. The postcon...

- Michael Wayne Shellito v. Michael D. Crews
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1447
- Pedro Hernandez-Alberto v. Michael D. Crews
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1608
Trinidad v. Fla. Peninsula Ins. Co.  
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1643

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a claim with Defendant, his homeowner's insurance company, for fire damage on his home. Plaintiff's insurance policy with Defendant was a replacement cost policy. Defendant made a payment to Plaintiff tha...

Sanchez-Torres v. State  
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1760

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to first-degree murder and armed robbery and waived a penalty-phase jury. After penalty-phase proceedings in front of the trial judge, the trial court sentenced Defendant to death. The Supreme Court...

King v. State  
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2258

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence of death, holding (1) the trial court did not err in instructing t...

Washington Nat'l Ins. Corp. v. Ruderman  
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-323

Justia Opinion Summary: Several insureds filed a class action against the predecessor of Washington National Insurance Corporation concerning insurance policies that provide for reimbursement of certain home health care expenses. The district c...

Geico Gen. Ins. Co. v. Virtual Imaging Servs., Inc.  
Date: July 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-905

Justia Opinion Summary: After Insured sustained injuries in a car accident he sought MRIs from Virtual Imaging Services. Virtual Imaging obtained an assignment of personal injury protection (PIP) benefits under Insured's policy with GEICO and b...

- Oscar Ray Bolin, Jr. v. State of Florida
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC08-2148
- Oscar Ray Bolin, Jr. v. State of Florida (Rehearing Order)
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC08-2148
State v. Johnson  
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC09-1570

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of armed kidnapping, armed sexual battery, and armed robbery. The trial court sentenced Defendant to concurrent, upward departure sentences of forty-eight years on each count....

Lambrix v. State  
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC10-1845, SC11-1845, SC12-6

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed. Defendant subsequently filed an extensive history of successive postconvictions motions and extraordinary w...

Jennings v. State  
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC11-1031, SC11-1016

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for each murder. The Supreme Court affirmed. Defendant subsequently filed an amended motion for postconviction rel...

- Brandy Bain Jennings v. State of Florida
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1031
State v. Fitzpatrick  
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1509

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and sexual battery. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death on the murder conviction. The Supreme Court affirmed the convictions and sentence of dea...

- State of Florida v. Sirron Johnson
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1570
- Cary Michael Lambrix v. State of Florida
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1845
Rodriguez v. Miami-Dade County  
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1913

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against County, alleging he was negligently shot by a police officer responding to a burglary alarm at his place of business. County argued it was entitled to immunity because the officer's actions w...

Gregory v. State  
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-842

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, one count of burglary, and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death for bot...

- Jason L. Wheeler v. Michael D. Crews, etc.
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-1796
Wheeler v. State  
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC12-1796, SC12-337

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a law enforcement officer and convicted of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery of two other law enforcement officers....

McCutcheon v. State  
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC12-454, SC12-414

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for committing capital sexual battery. In a separate case, Defendant pled guilty to unlawful use of a motor vehicle. Defendant subsequently filed multiple pro se...

Rodney McCutcheon v. Michael D. Crews, etc. (with)
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-454
- Cary Michael Lambrix v. State of Florida
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-6
Nunez v. GEICO Gen. Ins. Co.  
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-650

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff's automobile insurance policy with Geico included a condition that Plaintiff submit to examination under oath (EUO) before recovering personal injury protection (PIP) benefits. Geico denied Plaintiff's PIP clai...

Barnes v. State  
Date: June 27, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-875

Justia Opinion Summary: After waiving counsel, Defendant pled guilty to and was convicted of first-degree murder. Following the penalty phase, Defendant was sentenced to death and to terms of imprisonment for the related charges of burglary, se...

Franks v. Bowers  
Date: June 20, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1258

Justia Opinion Summary: After undergoing surgery, Decedent died due to complications resulting from a vein being lacerated during surgery. Decedent's wife, Plaintiff, filed a complaint against the doctor who performed the surgery and the doctor...

- The Florida Bar v. Howard Michael Scheinberg
Date: June 20, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1865
Cortez v. Palace Resorts, Inc.  
Date: June 20, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1908

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner, a California resident, was sexually assaulted while vacationing in Mexico. The assault occurred while Petitioner received a complimentary massage in exchange for her attendance at a resort's timeshare present...

- The Florida Bar v. Henry T. Swann, III
Date: June 20, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-836
Myles v. Crews  
Date: June 20, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-1497

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted in 1982 to capital sexual battery and sentenced to life imprisonment. The court of appeal affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence. Since then, Defendant made many pro se filings in the Suprem...

Mungin v. State  
Date: June 20, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-877

Justia Opinion Summary: After a trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. After the denial of his first request for postconviction relief, Defendant filed a successive motion for postconviction relief, assert...

- Randall T. Deviney v. State of Florida (with)
Date: June 13, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-1436
Notice of Correction
Date: June 13, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-1436
Ruble v. Rinker Material Corp.  
Date: June 13, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1173

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, individually and in her capacity as the personal representative of the estate of Lance Ruble, sought to amend the original complaint filed in this action before Respondents served an answer to that complaint....

Jean-Philippe v. State  
Date: June 13, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1274

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated battery. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death for the murder. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and sentences, ho...

Alcorn v. State  
Date: June 13, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1322

Justia Opinion Summary: The State charged Defendant with two drug-related offenses. Defendant rejected a twelve-year plea offer after being incorrectly advised that his maximum sentence was thirty years when, in fact, Defendant faced a maximum...

Capone v. Philip Morris USA, Inc.  
Date: June 13, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-849

Justia Opinion Summary: Frank and Karen Capone filed an action against Philip Morris USA, a tobacco manufacturer, alleging several claims. After Frank died, Karen, in her capacity as personal representative of Frank's estate, sought to amend th...

Notice of Correction
Date: June 13, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-1436
Deviney v. State (with)  
Date: June 13, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-1436

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. Defendant appealed, contending, among other things, that the trial court erred when it denied his motion to suppress his confessi...

Notice of Correction
Date: June 13, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-188
Polite v. State  
Date: June 6, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-1812

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of burglary of a dwelling with an assault or battery, robbery with a firearm, and related offenses. Defendant appealed, challenging the admission of a witness's written stateme...

Daniels v. State  
Date: June 6, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2170

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial in 2009, Defendant was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court erred by instructing the jury on manslaughter by act and that...

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions Contract and Business Cases
Date: June 6, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-1931
In Re: Code For Resolving Professionalism Complaints
Date: June 6, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-688
Van Poyck v. State  
Date: June 6, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC13-925, SC13-935

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Petitioner was convicted of first-degree murder under both premeditated and felony-murder theories. The trial court sentenced Petitioner to death. The Supreme Court affirmed Petitioner's conviction an...

William Van Poyck v. Michael D. Crews, etc.
Date: June 6, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-935
Victor Marcus Farr V. State Of Florida; and (Rehearing Order)
Date: May 30, 2013
Docket Number: SC08-1406
Farr v. State  
Date: May 30, 2013
Docket Number: SC08-1406

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled guilty to several crimes, including grand theft and first-degree felony murder. The trial court imposed the death sentence. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions but vacated his sentence and r...

Victor Marcus Farr V. Michael D. Crews, Etc. (Revised Opinion)
Date: May 30, 2013
Docket Number: SC09-1010
First Baptist Church of Cape Coral, Fla., Inc. v. Compass Constr., Inc.  
Date: May 30, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC11-1280, SC11-1278

Justia Opinion Summary: Compass Construction and First Baptist Church were named as defendants in an action arising from a construction accident. Ultimately, First Baptist prevailed against the plaintiff in the main action and on its cross-clai...

Taylor v. State  
Date: May 30, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC11-2053, SC11-154

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon. The trial court imposed a sentence of death. Defendant subsequently filed a postconviction motion, which was denied. De...

Florida Board Of Bar Examiners Re: Daniel Mark Zavadil
Date: May 30, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1694
John Calvin Taylor, II v. Michael D. Crews, Etc.
Date: May 30, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2053
Jackson v. State  
Date: May 30, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-773

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. With a minor exception, the Supreme Court denied Defendant's requests for postconviction relief and his petitions for writs of habeas corpus. In this...

Public Defender, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Fla. v. State  
Date: May 23, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC10-1349, SC09-1181

Justia Opinion Summary: Two decisions of the Third District Court of Appeal were before the Supreme Court here. In the first case (Public Defender), the Public Defender for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit filed motions in several criminal cases s...

Dwight Roberts v. State of Florida
Date: May 23, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2567
In re Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases Report No. 12-02
Date: May 23, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-1818
In re Amendments to the Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure
Date: May 23, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-188
In re Amendments to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.220
Date: May 23, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-2235
Kevin Brantley v. State of Florida
Date: May 23, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-226
Griffin v. State  
Date: May 16, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC09-1894, SC09-1

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and was sentenced to death in 1998 on both murder counts. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and death sentences. Defendant subsequently filed...

Michael Joseph Griffin v. Michael D. Crews, etc.
Date: May 16, 2013
Docket Number: SC09-1894
Samples v. Fla. Birth Related Neurological Injury Comp. Ass'n  
Date: May 16, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-1295

Justia Opinion Summary: Child was born with birth-related neurological injuries. Child's parents (Petitioners) filed a claim for compensation under the Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Plan. The Florida Birth-Related Neuro...

Raymond James Fin. Servs., Inc. v. Phillips  
Date: May 16, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2513

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Raymond James Financial Services required its clients (the investors) to sign an agreement to arbitrate all disputes arising out of the handling of their investments. At issue in this case was whether Florida'...

City of Palm Bay v. Wells Fargo, N.A.  
Date: May 16, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-830

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case the Supreme Court considered whether a municipal ordinance may validly establish superpriority status for municipal code enforcement liens. The court of appeal concluded that such an ordinance superpriority...

Carroll v. State  
Date: May 15, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-738

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and sexual battery and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and death sentence on direct appeal. Defendant subsequently filed a several pos...

- The Florida Bar v. Robert V. Palmer
Date: May 9, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-543
Rodgers v. State  
Date: May 9, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2259

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of the 2001 first-degree murder of his wife. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence. Defendant subsequentl...

- In re Amendments to Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.490
Date: May 9, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-684
McCoy v. State  
Date: May 2, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-2206

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder. The jury recommended the death penalty by a vote of seven to five, and the trial court sentenced Defendant to death. The Supreme Court affirmed. Defenda...

Smallwood v. State  
Date: May 2, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1130

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The trial court sentenced Defendant to fifty years' incarceration on the robbery conviction and fifteen years' inca...

Wickham v. State  
Date: May 2, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1193

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction and death sentence on direct appeal. Defendant subsequently filed a motion for postconviction relie...

Williamson v. State  
Date: May 2, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2198

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder, armed burglary, extortion, three counts of attempted murder, five counts of armed kidnapping, and four counts of armed robbery. Defendant was respective...

Alliance for Clean Energy v. Graham  
Date: May 2, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2465

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) granted the petitions for determination of need for new nuclear power plants proposed by Florida Power & Light company (FPL) and Progress Energy Florida (PEF). The PSC...

Robards v. State  
Date: April 25, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-425

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of the first-degree murders of two Clearwater residents and received two sentences of death. The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court's judgments of conviction and sentences...

McCutcheon v. State  
Date: April 25, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC12-414, SC12-454

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1972, Petitioner was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for committing capital sexual battery. In a separate case, Petitioner pled guilty to of unlawful use of a motor vehicle. From 1992 forward, Petitioner...

McCutcheon v. Crews
Date: April 25, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-454
Dk Arena, Inc. V. Eb Acquisitions I, LLC. (Corrected Opinion)
Date: April 11, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-897
Dk Arena, Inc. V. Eb Acquisitions I, LLC. (Notice of Correction)
Date: April 11, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-897
Jeremy Haygood v. State of Florida (Corrected Opinion)
Date: April 11, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-294
Jeremy Haygood v. State of Florida (Notice of Correction)
Date: April 11, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-294
McKenzie Check Advance of Fla., LLC v. Betts  
Date: April 11, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-514

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs filed a class action complaint against a check advance company, asserting claims based on numerous Florida statutes. Plaintiffs later amended the complaint to add Tiffany Kelly as an additional plaintiff and n...

Paul v. State  
Date: April 11, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-690

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted under Fla. Stat. 790.19 for shooting into an unoccupied vehicle. The trial court determined Petitioner qualified as a prison releasee reoffender (PRR) under the forcible felony catch-all provisio...

Puglisi v. State  
Date: April 11, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-768

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial judge erred in refusing to allow Defendant to call a witness despite defense counsel's determina...

In Re: Amendments To Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.442
Date: April 11, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-224
Rosado v. Daimlerchrysler Fin. Servs. Trust  
Date: April 4, 2013
Docket Number: SC09-390

Justia Opinion Summary: Law Firm, located in Virginia, leased a vehicle from Company. Tortfeasor, who was driving the car with permission by Law Firm, collided with a car driven by Plaintiff. The day before the accident, the insurance policy on...

State v. Phillips  
Date: April 4, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-411

Justia Opinion Summary: After Defendant, an inmate, committed several sexual offenses in Florida and Georgia, the state attorney initiated civil commitment proceedings against him under the Jimmy Ryce Act. Almost four years later, Defendant, wh...

Mann v. State  
Date: April 2, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC13-425, SC13-458

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted and sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of a ten-year-old. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction on direct appeal but remanded for resentencing. After resentencing, when D...

Larry Eugene Mann v. Michael D. Crews, etc. (Revised 04/03/2013)
Date: April 2, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-458
Larry Eugene Mann v. Michael D. Crews, etc.
Date: April 2, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-458
The Florida Bar v. Richard Lee Buckle
Date: March 28, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-1533
DK Arena, Inc. v. EB Acquisitions I, LLC  
Date: March 28, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-897

Justia Opinion Summary: EB Acquisitions I (EB) entered into a written contract to purchase real property from DK Arena. The parties orally agreed to modify their contract for the sale of the property by extending the due diligence deadline. Aft...

The Florida Bar v. Mark Enrique Rousso
Date: March 28, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-15
The Florida Bar v. Leonardo Adrian Roth
Date: March 28, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-16
In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rule of Judicial Administration
Date: March 28, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2466
The Florida Bar v. Daniel Edgar Tropp
Date: March 28, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-45
McClain v. Circuit Court  
Date: March 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1452

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of robbery and murder and was sentenced to death. Based on newly discovered evidence, Defendant's counsel filed a postconviction motion. After an evidentiary hearing, counsel filed a motion for re...

Nelson v. Crews  
Date: March 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2482

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of attempted murder, among other crimes, and was sentenced to various terms of imprisonment, including a fifty-five-year term. Defendant's convictions and sentences were affirmed on appeal. After...

Daniel Owen Conahan, Jr. v. Michael D. Crews, etc.
Date: March 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2504
Conahan v. State  
Date: March 21, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC11-615, SC11-2504

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and kidnapping and sentenced to death for the first-degree murder and to fifteen years' imprisonment for kidnapping. The Supreme Court affirmed on direct appeal. Defendant s...

Hilton v. State  
Date: March 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-898

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of kidnapping and first-degree murder. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions and sentence, holding (1) the trial judg...

In re Shea  
Date: March 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1067

Justia Opinion Summary: The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) instigated formal proceedings against circuit court Judge R. Timothy Shea for the judge's rude and intemperate behavior. After the Supreme Court disapproved the propos...

Roman Pino v. The Bank of New York, etc., et al. (Revised Opinion)
Date: March 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-697
Philip Morris USA Inc. v. Douglas  
Date: March 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-617

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, the personal representative of the estate of Charlotte Douglas, filed a complaint against cigarette companies and industry organizations for damages on claims based on Charlotte's smoking-related death. After...

Tiara Condo. Ass'n, Inc. v. Marsh & McLennan Cos.  
Date: March 7, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-1022

Justia Opinion Summary: Tiara Condominium Association (Tiara) retained Marsh & McLennan (Marsh) as its insurance broker. Marsh secured windstorm coverage through Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens), which issued a policy that con...

Williams v. State (Corrected Opinion)  
Date: March 7, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-1458

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with the attempted first-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend in 2006. The jury instruction for attempted manslaughter by act was given consistent with the standard instruction as it existed in 2006....

- Amos Augustus Williams v. State of Florida (Notice of Correction)
Date: March 7, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-1458
Reed v. State  
Date: February 28, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2149

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. After his initial postconviction motion was denied, Petitioner filed an amended successive postconviction motion to vacate his judgments and sentence...

Bolin v. State  
Date: February 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC08-2148

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder. After a retrial, Defendant was again convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence, holding (1) th...

Deviney v. State  
Date: February 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-1436

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death. Defendant appealed, contending, among other things, that the trial court erred when it denied his motion to suppress his confessi...

Matthews v. State  
Date: February 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-1771

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction and sentence, holding (1) Defendant's claims regarding the constitutionalit...

Zeigler v. State  
Date: February 21, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-696

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1976, Defendant was convicted of the first-degree murders of his wife Eunice Zeigler and Charlie Mays and the second-degree murders of his in-laws, Perry and Virginia Edwards. In 2001, the trial court granted Defendan...

Howell v. State  
Date: February 19, 2013
Docket Number: SC13-136

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant constructed a bomb with the specific purpose of killing a witness, but the bomb instead detonated and killed a highway patrol trooper. After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and of m...

DelMonico v. Traynor  
Date: February 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-1397

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose out alleged defamatory statements an attorney (Attorney) allegedly took in the course of investigating an underlying defamation action he was hired to defend. The legal issue was whether absolute immunity...

Williams v. State  
Date: February 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-1458

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with attempted first-degree murder. The jury was instructed on lesser included offenses, including attempted manslaughter by act. The instruction was given consistent with the standard instruction....

Laizure v. Avante at Leesburg, Inc.  
Date: February 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-2132

Justia Opinion Summary: A nursing home patient (Decedent) signed an agreement providing for arbitration of disputes arising out of treatment and care at the nursing home. Decedent subsequently died, allegedly through the nursing home's negligen...

Haygood v. State  
Date: February 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-294

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was tried on the charge of second-degree murder. The jury was instructed without objection as to the lesser included offense of manslaughter, which included the instructions on manslaughter by act and manslaugh...

In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases Report 2012-01
Date: February 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-449
Tommy Sands Groover v. State of Florida
Date: February 14, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-451
Bell v. State  
Date: February 7, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-916

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted and sentenced for lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim under twelve years of age by an offender eighteen years of age or older and for failure to appear. Defendant appealed, arguing that ce...

Pino v. Bank of New York  
Date: February 7, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-697

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, who had defaulted on his mortgage, sought to have a notice of voluntary dismissal of the mortgage foreclosure action struck and the case reinstated for the trial court to then dismiss the action with prejudice...

Gregory Alan Kokal v. State of Florida
Date: February 7, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-1785
In Re: Amendments to the Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.140
Date: February 7, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-619
David Beasher Snelgrove v. State of Florida (Rehearing Order)
Date: January 31, 2013
Docket Number: SC09-2245
Snelgrove v. State (Revised Opinion)  
Date: January 31, 2013
Docket Number: SC09-2245

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was sentenced to death for the 2000 murders of an elderly couple. The Supreme Court affirmed Appellant's convictions but reversed the death sentences and remanded for a new penalty phase. After a new penalty ph...

Ronald W. Hendricks v. State of Florida
Date: January 31, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-1275
Jackson v. Shakespeare Found., Inc.  
Date: January 31, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1196

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners and Respondents entered into a contract for the purchase of real property owned by Petitioners, twenty-five percent of which constituted wetlands. Respondents filed an action against Petitioners for fraudulen...

Graham v. Haridopolos  
Date: January 31, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-2453

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, the Legislature passed several statutes and included a provision in the 2007-2008 General Appropriations Act that exerted control over the setting of and appropriating for the expenditure of tuition and fees for...

Merck v. State  
Date: January 24, 2013
Docket Numbers: SC10-1830, SC11-1676

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder and was sentenced to death. The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's sentence. Defendant filed a postconviction motion alleging ineffective assistance of counsel. The postconv...

Earth Trades, Inc. v. T&G Corp.  
Date: January 24, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-1892

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, Defendant, a general contractor, subcontracted with Plaintiff, who was unlicensed under Florida law at the time, to perform work on a parking garage. After a dispute, Plaintiff sued Defendant for breach of contr...

Diamond Aircraft Industries, Inc. v. Alan Horowitch (Corrected opinion)
Date: January 24, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1371
James Soper, et al. v. Tire Kingdom, Inc.
Date: January 24, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1462
Troy Merck v. Michael D. Crews, etc.
Date: January 24, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1676
Scott v. Williams  
Date: January 17, 2013
Docket Number: SC12-520

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was the constitutionality of certain provisions of chapter 2011-68, Laws of Florida, which converted the Florida Retirement System (FRS) from noncontributory by employees to contributory, required a...

Diamond Aircraft Indus., Inc. v. Horowitch  
Date: January 10, 2013
Docket Number: SC11-1371

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a resident of Arizona, sued Defendant, a foreign corporation that operates in Florida, after he contracted to buy an aircraft from Defendant but Defendant failed to deliver the aircraft. The U.S. district cour...

Kocaker v. State  
Date: January 3, 2013
Docket Number: SC10-229

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder. The jury recommended a death sentence. Following a Spencer hearing, the trial court sentenced Defendant to death upon determining that the State had pro...

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