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The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the circuit court summarily denying Petitioner's fourth postconviction motion filed under Fla. R. Crim. P. 3.851, holding that the circuit court did not err in summarily denying Petitioner's Giglio claim and newly discovered evidence claim.
In his motion, Petitioner raised claims based on a letter used by the United States Department of Justice that criticized portions of the of the testimony provided by an FBI forensic hair analyst during Petitioner's joint trial with a codefendant. The circuit court summarily denied the claims. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) Petitioner's reliance on the letter to establish a Giglio violation was misplaced; and (2) the letter was not of such nature that it would probably produce an acquittal on retrial.