On Monday the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of a man who is sitting on death row in Alabama. Cory Maples was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. He believes that his attorneys made a mistake at his trial which resulted in his conviction for murder. Maples appealed his conviction claiming ineffective assistance of counsel. However, his lawyers failed to file an appeal of that decision within the 42 day deadline. As a result, the Alabama courts refused to hear the appeal from Maples. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also said that since his lawyers missed the 42 day deadline, Maples cannot appeal his conviction and cannot stop his execution.
The United States Supreme Court is expected to hear oral arguments later this year.
The case is Maples v. Thomas, 10-63.
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