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US Supreme Court Grants Relief to Death Row Prisoner “Abandoned” by His Lawyers

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US Supreme Court Grants Relief to Death Row Prisoner “Abandoned” by His Lawyers

The United States Supreme Court issued its first major death penalty decision of the 2011-2012 term on January 18, 2012, in Maples v. Thomas. The Court found that Alabama death row prisoner Cory Maples was abandoned by his lawyers, and therefore his failure to file an appeal within the allotted time frame could be excused.

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