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US law firm error imperils death row inmate

US law firm error imperils death row inmate

The Supreme Court appears likely to rule in favor of a death row inmate who missed a court deadline because two lawyers at a venerable New York firm handling his appeal moved on to other jobs and a court notice was returned to sender, address unknown.
Both conservative and liberal justices indicated they would throw out a federal appeals court ruling that relied on the missed deadline to refuse to consider Cory Maples' claims that he received inadequate legal representation, dating back to his trial on charges he gunned down two friends in 1995.
Justice Samuel Alito, a former federal prosecutor, said Tuesday he did not understand why the state of Alabama fought so hard to deny Maples' the right to appeal when the deadline passed "though no fault of his own."


Updated : 2021-10-16 15:49 GMT+08:00