Florida Supreme Court

      ATTORNEYS – Defendant filed a pro se motion to correct an illegal sentence while he was being represented by a court-appointed appellate attorney. The state Supreme Court wrote to clarify that its rule announced in Logan v. State, which prohibits “hybrid representation” if a defendant has an attorney for trial, applies to any defendant so long as he or she has an attorney working on their case, be it in the initial or appellate stages. See ruling.

     ATTORNEYS, DEATH PENALTY – The state high court refused to let a death-row inmate reinstate his motion to vacate his death sentence after he withdrew his appeals and discharged the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel from representing him. The state high court found that all procedures were properly followed and that the defendant was explicitly warned that his initial action would end the case. See ruling.

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