Bass v. State, No. 68230

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Florida
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM; EHRLICH
Citation13 Fla. L. Weekly 527,530 So.2d 282
Docket NumberNo. 68230
Decision Date01 September 1988
Parties13 Fla. L. Weekly 527 Charles Edward BASS, Petitioner, v. STATE of Florida, Respondent.

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530 So.2d 282
13 Fla. L. Weekly 527
Charles Edward BASS, Petitioner,
v.
STATE of Florida, Respondent.
No. 68230.
Supreme Court of Florida.
Sept. 1, 1988.

Michael E. Allen, Public Defender, Second Judicial Circuit and Glenna Joyce Reeves, Asst. Public Defender, Tallahassee, for petitioner.

Robert A. Butterworth, Atty. Gen., and Gary L. Printy, Asst. Atty. Gen., Tallahassee, for respondent.

ON PETITION FOR REHEARING GRANTED, THE PRIOR OPINION IS WITHDRAWN AND THE FOLLOWING OPINION IS SUBSTITUTED IN ITS PLACE.

September 1, 1988

PER CURIAM.

We have for review Bass v. State, 478 So.2d 461 (Fla. 1st DCA 1985). This Court

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has jurisdiction pursuant to article V, section 3(b)(3), Florida Constitution, based on direct conflict of decisions, and we quash the decision of the district court below.

The petitioner, Bass, was convicted in 1979 of armed burglary, armed robbery, and aggravated battery. He was sentenced to consecutive mandatory minimum three-year sentences, which were affirmed on appeal per curiam. Bass v. State, 412 So.2d 473 (Fla. 1st DCA 1982). In the interim between that direct appeal and this, Bass' third motion for postconviction relief filed pursuant to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.850, this Court issued its opinion in Palmer v. State, 438 So.2d 1 (Fla.1983). Bass alleges that because the three offenses arose from a single criminal episode, his sentences were erroneous under section 775.087, Florida Statutes (1981), as interpreted by this Court in Palmer.

The trial court dismissed the motion on the ground that it was a successive motion for the same or similar relief. The district court affirmed on different grounds, stating that "[m]atters which could have been raised on direct appeal may not be considered by motion under Rule 3.850." Bass v. State, 478 So.2d at 461.

In Palmer this Court held that the three-year minimum mandatory sentences described by section 775.021(4), Florida Statutes (1983), could not be imposed consecutively for separate offenses arising from a single criminal transaction or episode. At that time we did not state whether our ruling would have retroactive application. Upon consideration, we have now concluded as a matter of policy that the principle of Palmer should be applied retroactively. We believe that it would be manifestly unfair for prisoners such as Bass, who received consecutive minimum mandatory sentences prior to Palmer, to be treated differently from those who had the...

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  • Bunkley v. State, No. SC01-297.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • May 27, 2004
    ...Court in its response to the United States Supreme Court.17 In Bass v. State, 12 Fla. L. Weekly 289 (Fla. June 11, 1987), withdrawn, 530 So.2d 282 (Fla.1988), this Court rendered an initial opinion as to whether this Court's decision in Palmer v. State, 438 So.2d 1 (Fla.1983), in which this......
  • Hughes v. State, No. SC02-2247.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • April 28, 2005
    ...proceeding, overruled by Payne v. Tennessee, 501 U.S. 808, 111 S.Ct. 2597, 115 L.Ed.2d 720 (1991), applied retroactively); Bass v. State, 530 So.2d 282, 283 (Fla.1988) (holding that ruling in Palmer v. State, 438 So.2d 1 (Fla.1983), which held that the three-year minimum mandatory sentences......
  • Johnson v. State, No. SC03-1042.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • April 28, 2005
    ...overruled by Payne v. Tennessee, 501 U.S. 808, 830, 111 S.Ct. 2597, 115 L.Ed.2d 720 (1991), applied retroactively); Bass v. State, 530 So.2d 282, 283 (Fla.1988) (holding that ruling in Palmer v. State, 438 So.2d 1, 3 (Fla.1983), which held that the three-year minimum mandatory sentences pre......
  • State v. Klayman, No. SC00-1723.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • November 14, 2002
    ...language and analysis in State v. Stevens, 714 So.2d 347 (Fla.1998), State v. Callaway, 658 So.2d 983 (Fla. 1995), and Bass v. State, 530 So.2d 282 (Fla.1988). Majority op. at 252-53 n. 8. In fact, the majority also does the same in respect to McCuiston v. State, 534 So.2d 1144 (Fla.1988), ......
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30 cases
  • Bunkley v. State, No. SC01-297.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • May 27, 2004
    ...Court in its response to the United States Supreme Court.17 In Bass v. State, 12 Fla. L. Weekly 289 (Fla. June 11, 1987), withdrawn, 530 So.2d 282 (Fla.1988), this Court rendered an initial opinion as to whether this Court's decision in Palmer v. State, 438 So.2d 1 (Fla.1983), in which this......
  • Hughes v. State, No. SC02-2247.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • April 28, 2005
    ...proceeding, overruled by Payne v. Tennessee, 501 U.S. 808, 111 S.Ct. 2597, 115 L.Ed.2d 720 (1991), applied retroactively); Bass v. State, 530 So.2d 282, 283 (Fla.1988) (holding that ruling in Palmer v. State, 438 So.2d 1 (Fla.1983), which held that the three-year minimum mandatory sentences......
  • Johnson v. State, No. SC03-1042.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • April 28, 2005
    ...overruled by Payne v. Tennessee, 501 U.S. 808, 830, 111 S.Ct. 2597, 115 L.Ed.2d 720 (1991), applied retroactively); Bass v. State, 530 So.2d 282, 283 (Fla.1988) (holding that ruling in Palmer v. State, 438 So.2d 1, 3 (Fla.1983), which held that the three-year minimum mandatory sentences pre......
  • State v. Klayman, No. SC00-1723.
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Florida
    • November 14, 2002
    ...language and analysis in State v. Stevens, 714 So.2d 347 (Fla.1998), State v. Callaway, 658 So.2d 983 (Fla. 1995), and Bass v. State, 530 So.2d 282 (Fla.1988). Majority op. at 252-53 n. 8. In fact, the majority also does the same in respect to McCuiston v. State, 534 So.2d 1144 (Fla.1988), ......
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