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Bush League Justice--No heart, closed minds
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U.S. Supreme Court Accepts No Excuses for Late Appeal
In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court rejected the appeal of an inmate serving 15 years to life because it was 3 days late, despite the fact that a federal district judge erroneously advised the inmate's attorney that he had 18 days rather than 14 to file his appeal. The man's attorney filed the appeal after 17 days. Clarence Thomas's decsion was joined by Chief Justice Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Thomas Kennedy. Justice Souter's appeal was joined by justices Ginzburg, Stevens and Breyer.
Seems to me, a non-lawyer, that an appellant should be able to rely on instructions from federal judge regarding a filing deadline. The error was the judge's, not the appellant's. This is but another example of harsh Bush league justice which underscores the importance of Presidential elections the effects of which have a half-life many years after the President's term ends.