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New hearing ordered for Ala. death row inmate in case involving missed appeal opportunities
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The 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.