SCOTUS: Lawyers abandoned Alabama inmate

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January 19, 2012
Arizona Republic    
Posted in News, PND News

"An Alabama death-row inmate deserves a new court hearing because his lawyers at a top-flight New York firm abandoned him, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a case one justice called 'a veritable perfect storm of misfortune.' The court voted 7-2 to reverse a federal appeals-court ruling that cut off appeals for Cory Maples, who was convicted of killing two men execution-style in 1995. Maples missed a deadline to appeal when court notices to his lawyers at the Sullivan and Cromwell firm were returned unopened and a local clerk took no further action." (01/19/12)  

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