Court Orders New Hearing for Death Row Inmate

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered a new hearing
for an Alabama death row inmate who missed a deadline to appeal when court notices to his lawyers at a big firm in New York were returned unopened.

The court voted 8-1 Wednesday to reverse a federal appeals court ruling that cut off appeals for Cory Maples.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in her opinion for the court that Maples had been abandoned by his lawyers at the Sullivan and Cromwell firm when they left for new jobs and neglected to tell the local court or their client. Justice Antonin Scalia dissented.

Maples was convicted for the 1995 murder of two Stacy Alan Terry and Barry Dewayne Robinson II, with whom he had been drinking heavily. Court records showed that Maples took a .22-caliber rifle in his Decatur, Ala., home and shot both men twice in the head, execution-style. He later confessed to police.

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  • by "Bible Belter" on Jan 23, 2012 at 12:37 PM
    Some see that Scripture as referring to a relationship between people, not the state and a convicted criminal. Sure, the New Testament is a new covenant. But it doesn't throw away the law. Jesus never threw away the Mosaic law. Are we not to follow the Ten Commandments still? And if we follow your logic, then murderers, robbers, rapists, should just be able to do anything they want and go unpunished. After all, locking them up and putting them on trial is mean and not loving. Does "turning the other cheek" mean if someone wants to rape you, just give it all up to them with no resistance? No, the death penalty, prison time, hard labor, is not about revenge at all. It's about justice. God certainly can forgive us. I'm grateful He does, I can tell you that. But His forgiveness in this life does not change the consequences our actions bring. I think of the woman in Texas a number of years back who had a religious conversion on death row. I don't doubt her sincerity either. But she was executed according to the law. But if she was forgiven by God, then she's in Paradise now. But she had to answer for what she did.
  • by ms on Jan 23, 2012 at 10:28 AM
    First, Bible Belter quotes the Old Testament, which was replaced by the New Covenant preached by Jesus. I do read the Bible. You go go read Matthew 5:38-39. Second, Blue Lady, it most certainly has to do with being a Bible Belter. You people have outsiders believe that you are such good, "saved", "born again" Christians yet you condone the death penalty which is a form of revenge and is not forgiving. Jesus' #1 commandment was to love your neighbor as yourself. PERIOD. Even if he is a murderer. Why do you think Jesus asked us to do this, because it was easy? No, because it is one of the HARDEST things for a human being to genuinely do. Like I said "White Washed Tombs" And what does his confessing to the crime have to do with anything. Murder is murder, lest it be done by a person or the Gov't.
  • by Blue Lady on Jan 20, 2012 at 05:59 PM
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a bleeding-hearts-liberal. Justice Antonin Scalia dissented. It should have never made it to the Supreme Court in the first place. There is too many appeals at taxpayer's expense. And, Ms. Location: MS on Jan 19, 2012 at 12:59 PM, How do you Bible Belters condone the death penalty? It has nothing to do with being a "Bible Belter" it is about doing the right thing. I do believe he confessed. A judge & jury heard his case & made his decision. That should be the END OF THE STORY!
  • by "Bible Belter" on Jan 19, 2012 at 12:52 PM
    Exodus 21:12-14 "He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death. And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee. But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbor, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die." It says a lot of other punishments as well. All should be glad the world only enforces the one for murder. Actually read the Bible before you presume what God thinks about things.
  • by Ms. Location: MS on Jan 19, 2012 at 10:59 AM
    How do you Bible Belters condone the death penalty? GOD is the giver and taker of life. White Washed Tombs.
  • by Mandy Location: Meridian on Jan 18, 2012 at 02:47 PM
    The key is, he confessed. Why should he have another hearing??? EXECUTE!!!
  • by fry um on Jan 18, 2012 at 10:09 AM
    there go the left leaning liberals in high places keeping justice from being served again.I am so sick of bleeding hearts. its to bad that the crimes these people do dont hit there famlies all the time. drinking heavy is not a excuse and he was convicted now send him to the lord to be judged as the lord commandsof are leaders.
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