Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Death row inmate harmed by law firm error may get second chance from high court

From The National Law Journal, a story about the continued rule of law, due process, and criminal law rights, from Marcia Coyle, Oct. 4, 2011
"Alabama death row inmate Cory Maples, who lost his chance to bring a critical appeal because of a mailroom snafu in a New York law firm, may be getting a second chance from the U.S. Supreme Court.  In fast-paced arguments on Tuesday that delved into the obligations of lawyers representing criminal defendants, all of the justices, with the exceptions of Justice Antonin Scalia and a silent Justice Clarence Thomas, appeared concerned about the predicament in which Maples finds himself and skeptical of the state's arguments that they should do nothing about it."  More.

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