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U.S. Supreme Court sends much-needed message to Alabama about how it treats poor defendants charged with capital crimes

Jan
23

 
OUR VIEW: U.S. Supreme Court sends much-needed message to Alabama about how it treats poor defendants charged with capital crimes
Published: Monday, January 23, 2012, 5:45 AM
 By Birmingham News editorial board  


The U.S. Supreme Court sent the state of Alabama at least two messages last week when justices ruled against the state in the case of Death Row inmate Cory Maples, who missed a deadline to appeal after his lawyers dropped his case without telling him.

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U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Alabama Death Row inmate Cory Maples

Jan
18

U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Alabama Death Row inmate Cory Maples


 By Mary Orndorff -- The Birmingham News 


 
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court today said Alabama Death Row inmate Cory Maples should not be blamed because of a paperwork error that caused him to miss a deadline for appealing his death sentence.

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Tim Lennox, Montgomery News Anchor

Oct
10

SCOTUS on Alabama's Death Penalty Case
    


 If Alabama gets any more black eyes this year we're going to go blind.
    


 First it was the immigration law prompting international coverage showing the state the state as heartless.
    


Now it's eight of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices suggesting they will overturn lower courts in an Alabama Death Penalty case.
    


Are we so bloodthirsty as to stick by a technicality in order to get an inmate into the chair (or gurney)?

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Make death convictions certain

Oct
06

 
Make death convictions certain (editorial)
Published: Wednesday, October 05, 2011, 9:35 AM     Updated: Wednesday, October 05, 2011, 9:48 AM
 By John Peck, The Huntsville Times The Huntsville Times
 
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama _ Should a condemned inmate be put to death even if his lawyers failed to meet a filing deadline for an appeal?


That's something the U.S. Supreme Court will decide in the case of misdirected paperwork for Alabama death row inmate Cory Maples.

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OUR View: The U.S. Supreme Court shouldn't allow an Alabama Death Row inmate to be executed without federal review of his case

Oct
05

 
OUR VIEW: The U.S. Supreme Court shouldn't allow an Alabama Death Row inmate to be executed without federal review of his case
Published: Tuesday, October 04, 2011, 5:45 AM
 By Birmingham News editorial board The Birmingham News
 
Does the U.S. Supreme Court value life, albeit a deeply flawed one, as much as it does a piece of property?


That, in a manner of speaking, is at the crux of a case involving a Death Row inmate from Alabama that the high court will hear today.

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A Dreadful Missed Deadline

Oct
04

Alabama is a step from executing Cory Maples for a reason so grievously wrong that the case argued Tuesday at the Supreme Court should leave no doubt why the death penalty should be abolished. Besides being barbaric, case after case is rife with constitutional defects.

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Wall Street Journal, Law Firm error imperils Alabama death row inmate

Oct
04

Wall Street Journal
Associated Press


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is hearing the case of an Alabama 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.


State and federal courts upheld Cory Maples' death sentence and relied on the missed deadline to refuse to consider his claims that he received inadequate representation, dating back to his trial on charges he gunned down two friends in 1995.

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Attorney Sherryl Snodgrass Caffey, Legal Redress Chair of the AL State Conference of the NAACP

Oct
04

While I am happy that the United States Supreme Court has decided to review Mr. Maples' case, and hopefully clean up our mess, I do not understand why our State is deferring its MAILROOM ERROR to the United States Supreme Court instead of correcting its own error - - particularly in light of the fact that this error could result in the loss of a life. Yet, If this were a civil action seeking monetary damages, Maples would have a bona fide State negligence claim and injunctive relief!!!


Sherryl Snodgrass Caffey

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