Wednesday, October 05, 2011
RETURN TO SENDER
Cory Maples- inmate on death row in Alabama.
Super Large/Powerful law firm Sullivan and Cromwell, New York, NY.
Mail room clerk in Sullivan and Cromwell.
Clerk for the Court Of Appeals.
Small time Alabama Prosecutor.
Local Counsel in Alabama.
Maples was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Associates with Sullivan and Cromwell in NYC take on the case and file an appeal. Associates, as they are wont to do, leave big law firm. Appellate court denies appeal and mails decision to Sullivan and Cromwell and their local counsel in Alabama. Clerk in mailroom of Sullivan and Cromwell stamps letter from clerk's office containing decision "return to sender". Clerk in appeals court gets decision back in envelope unopened, shrugs, and puts it in file. Deadline to appeal expires. Prosecutor in Alabama sends a letter to Mr. Maples telling him his lawyers blew the deadline. Local counsel spits out plug of tobacco.
Case ends up before US Supreme Court which is surprisingly sympathetic to Mr. Maples.
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