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Oliver v. Florida

Petition for certiorari denied on October 16, 2017
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
17-5083 Fla. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2017

Issues: (1) Whether, when a Florida jury recommended a death sentence prior to the Supreme Court's decision in Hurst v. Florida, and the jury didn't make any of the findings required by Hurst, the error can be deemed harmless under Chapman v. California, or whether the jury's recommendation is insufficient to constitute a jury verdict as required by the Sixth Amendment; and (2) whether, when the jury was repeatedly advised by the court that its advisory sentencing recommendation was non-binding, the death-sentencing procedures in this case complied with the Eighth Amendment.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jun 28 2017Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due August 4, 2017)
Aug 04 2017Brief of respondent Florida in opposition filed.
Aug 24 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 9/25/2017.
Oct 02 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/6/2017.
Oct 10 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/13/2017.
Oct 16 2017Petition DENIED. Justice Breyer, dissenting from the denial of certiorari. (Detached Opinion). Justice Sotomayor, with whom Justice Ginsburg and Justice Breyer join, dissenting from the denial of certiorari. (Detached Opinion)