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Truehill v. Florida

Petition for certiorari denied on October 16, 2017
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
16-9448 Fla. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2017

Issues: (1) Whether, when a Florida jury recommended a death sentence before the Supreme Court decided Hurst v. Florida and none of the findings required by Hurst were made, the error can be deemed harmless under Chapman v. California, or whether the recommendation simply does not amount to the jury verdict the Sixth Amendment requires; and (2) whether the death-sentencing procedures in this case complied with the Eighth Amendment, when the jury was repeatedly advised by the court that its advisory sentencing recommendation was nonbinding.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
May 24 2017Application (16A1172) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from May 24, 2017 to June 13, 2017, submitted to Justice Thomas.
Jun 02 2017Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due July 6, 2017)
Jun 05 2017Application (16A1172) granted by Justice Thomas extending the time to file until June 13, 2017.
Jul 03 2017Brief of respondent Florida in opposition filed.
Jul 20 2017DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 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)