DEATH ROW UPDATES:
BILLS OF INTEREST
2010 Legislative Session
FLORIDA SUPREME COURT OPINIONS:
SC07-1622 - Mark Twilegar v. State of Florida
The trial court erred in concluding that the evidence was sufficient to prove that the appellant committed the crime; the trial court erred in concluding that the evidence was sufficient to support premeditation; the trial court erred in denying the motion to suppress the evidence seized at the Tennessee campground; the trial court erred in excluding evidence concerning the victim; the trial court erred in admitting evidence of flight; the trial court erred in admitting the appellant's jailhouse phone calls; the trial court erred in admitting the appellant's receipts for retail purchases; the trial court erred in finding pecuniary gain and CCP as aggravators; the death sentence is disproportionate to the nature of the crime; and trial court erred in allowing the appellant to waive a penalty phase jury and to waive both the investigation and presentation of mitigation.
SC07-1964 - Donald Bradley v. State of Florida
Denial of Rehearing
SC08-1813 - Donald Bradley v. Walter A. McNeil, etc.
Competency of defendant during trial court proceedings; The trial court erred in finding that the defendant waived his allegations of ineffective assistance of counsel during sentencing and in finding that the defendant voluntarily waived an evidentiary hearing on his claim of ineffective assistance during the Spencer hearing; Refusal to allow postconviction counsel complete and unfettered access to available public records or sufficient time for a full investigation into the records made available; Failure to conduct a cumulative error analysis that fully considered allegations of constitutional error; The trial court erred in striking initial postconviction motion without permission for leave to amend; Denial of claims I, II, III, V, VI, IX and X was in error; Ring v. Arizona; and, defendant cannot be executed due to his mental state.
SC07-2101 - Norman Blake McKenzie v. State of Florida
Denial of Rehearing
SC07-92 - Ronnie Ferrell v. State of Florida
FSC affirmed lower court's denial of the motion for postconviction relief
SC07-1447 - Ronnie Ferrell v. Walter A. McNeil, etc.
FSC denied Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus
SC08-1213 - Paul Beasley v. State of Florida
FSC vacated death sentence and remanded to lower court for new penalty phase
SC09-839 - David Eugene Johnston v. State of Florida
FSC affirmed lower court's denial of Johnston's fourth and fifth successive motions for postconviction relief