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[01/22]Kelley v. State of Florida
Denial of criminal-appellant's successive postconviction motion for conviction of first-degree murder and sentence of death and petition for writ habeas corpus are affirmed over claims of error that: 1) State of Florida violated Brady v. Maryland by failing to disclose evidence disposition forms which indicated that in 1966 and 1967, certain evidence was transported from the Florida Sheriff's Bureau Crime Laboratory in Tallahassee back to the submitting agency after laboratory examination; and 2) a manifest injustice occurred because evidence was destroyed prior to appellant's trial.

[01/22]Nixon v. State of Florida
Denial of postconviction relief for conviction for murder and trial court's finding that criminal appellant is not mentally retarded are affirmed where there was competent, substantial evidence to support the trial court's determination that appellant did not meet the criteria for mental retardation.

[01/22]Parker v. State of Floridal
Denial of postconviction relief for conviction for murder and trial court's finding that criminal appellant is not mentally retarded are affirmed where there was competent, substantial evidence to support the trial court's determination that appellant did not meet the criteria for mental retardation.

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[01/22]Kelley v. State of Florida
Denial of criminal-appellant's successive postconviction motion for conviction of first-degree murder and sentence of death and petition for writ habeas corpus are affirmed over claims of error that: 1) State of Florida violated Brady v. Maryland by failing to disclose evidence disposition forms which indicated that in 1966 and 1967, certain evidence was transported from the Florida Sheriff's Bureau Crime Laboratory in Tallahassee back to the submitting agency after laboratory examination; and 2) a manifest injustice occurred because evidence was destroyed prior to appellant's trial.

[01/22]Parker v. State of Florida
Denial of postconviction relief from a capital conviction of first-degree murder and sentence of death is affirmed in part and reversed in part where: 1) criminal appellant's sixteen claims on direct appeal of his convictions and sentence of death were without merit, not properly preserved for appellate review, or harmless beyond a reasonable doubt; and 2) counsel failed to fully investigate and present mitigating evidence regarding appellant's childhood and mental health.

[01/22]US v. Evano
A sentence on 20 counts of various forms of fraud and false statements is affirmed over defendant's challenges to the imposition of sophisticated means and identity theft enhancements, as well as his category III criminal history designation.

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