Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- so we are again doubtful that certiorari will be granted in any cases today.

Maples v. Thomas

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
10-63 11th Cir. Oct 4, 2011
Tr.Aud.
Jan 18, 2012 7-2 Ginsburg OT 2011

Holding: Death row inmate Cory Maples has shown the requisite “cause” to excuse his procedur­al default, which occurred when his lawyer missed a filing deadline in state court.

Judgment: Eleventh Circuit reversed, 7-2, in an opinion by Justice Ginsburg on January 18, 2012. Justice Alito filed a concurring opinion. Justice Scalia filed a dissenting opinion, which was joined by Justice Thomas.

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Merits Briefs for the Petitioner

Amicus Briefs in Support of the Petitioner

Merits Briefs for the Respondent

Amicus Briefs in Support of the Respondent

 

Certiorari-stage documents

  • Brief in opposition (unavailable)
  • Second supplemental brief for petitioner (unavailable)
  • First supplemental brief for petitioner (unavailable)
  • Supplemental brief for respondent (unavailable)
  • Petitioner’s reply (unavailable)
 
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