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Donald BRADLEY, Petitioner, v. Julie L. JONES, etc., Respondent.

No. SC17–1219

Decided: January 22, 2018

Robert Friedman, Capital Collateral Regional Counsel and Robert R. Berry, Assistant Capital Collateral Regional Counsel, Tallahassee, Florida;  and Billy H. Nolas, Chief, Capital Habeas Unit, Northern District of Florida, Tallahassee, Florida, for Petitioner Pamela Jo Bondi, Attorney General, and Jennifer Ann Donahue, Assistant Attorney General, Tallahassee, Florida, for Respondent

Donald Bradley petitions this Court for a writ of habeas corpus seeking relief pursuant to the United States Supreme Court's decision in Hurst v. Florida, ––– U.S. ––––, 136 S.Ct. 616, 193 L.Ed.2d 504 (2016), and our decision on remand in Hurst v. State (Hurst), 202 So.3d 40 (Fla. 2016), cert. denied, ––– U.S. ––––, 137 S.Ct. 2161, 198 L.Ed.2d 246 (2017). This Court has jurisdiction. See art. V, § 3(b)(9), Fla. Const.

This Court stayed Bradley's case pending the disposition of Hitchcock v. State, 226 So.3d 216 (Fla. 2017), ––– U.S. ––––, 138 S.Ct. 513, –––L.Ed.2d –––– (2017). After this Court decided Hitchcock, Bradley responded to this Court's order to show cause arguing why Hitchcock should not be dispositive in this case.

After reviewing Bradley's response to the order to show cause, as well as the State's arguments in reply, we conclude that Bradley is not entitled to relief. Bradley was sentenced to death following a jury's recommendation for death by a vote of ten to two. Bradley v. State, 787 So.2d 732, 738 (Fla. 2001). Bradley's sentence of death became final in 2001. Bradley v. Florida, 534 U.S. 1048, 122 S.Ct. 632, 151 L.Ed.2d 552 (2001). Thus, Hurst does not apply retroactively to Bradley's sentence. See Hitchcock, 226 So.3d at 217. Accordingly, we deny Bradley's petition.

The Court having carefully considered all arguments raised by Bradley, we caution that any rehearing motion containing reargument will be stricken. It is so ordered.

I concur in result because I recognize that this Court's opinion in Hitchcock v. State, 226 So.3d 216 (Fla. 2017), cert. denied, ––– U.S. ––––, 138 S.Ct. 513, ––– L.Ed.2d –––– (2017), is now final. However, I continue to adhere to the views expressed in my dissenting opinion in Hitchcock.


LABARGA, C.J., and QUINCE, POLSTON, and LAWSON, JJ., concur. PARIENTE, J., concurs in result with an opinion. LEWIS and CANADY, JJ., concur in result.

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