Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Supreme Court Rules Inmate Blew Time For Appeal

The United States Supreme Court ruled that a man convicted of murder waited to long to appeal to the federal courts.  Charles W. Martin was convicted of robbery and murder in 1995 and sentenced to life in prison.  He appealed his conviction to state court and was denied.  In 2001 he appealed to the federal court.  The federal court turned his appeal back to the state court because he was trying to raise new arguments.  The lower courts denied his appeals because he had waited too long to bring up these new arguments.  However, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned those decision and the matter was taken up by the United States Supreme Court.  Today, the Supreme Court overturned the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and rejected Martin's attempt to raise these new arguments on appeal.

The case is Walker v. Martin, 09-996.

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