Bush court denies appeal of life sentence because of a judge's "inexplicable" typo
And guess who's in the majority? Times:
The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 today that an Ohio prisoner’s challenge of his murder conviction must be thrown out because he missed a filing deadline by a few days — not through his or his lawyer’s fault, but because a federal judge made a mistake.
The defendant had 30 days to file a notice of appeal of the denial, but failed to do so.
On Dec. 12, 2003, Mr. Bowles moved to reopen the period under which he could file his notice of appeal, a procedure that is allowed under certain conditions and provides for an extra 14 days. Inexplicably, as the Supreme Court majority noted today, the district judge allowed 17 days, not 14.
Majority decision by, of course, Thomas.
Joining Justice Thomas were Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy and Samuel A. Alito Jr.
The majority held that a federal appeals court was correct in deciding that it could not hear an appeal of the prisoner, Keith Bowles, even though a federal judge had “inexplicably” made an error that derailed his case.
So now I can't even rely on a decision from a Federal judge? "Inexplicable" errors are OK, and I have no appeal or redress?
And speaking of "inexplicable," sure, after Bush v. Gore I know I can't rely on the courts for justice, but Jeebus, that was just a Presidential election.
This is serious!
NOTE Tell me again why I should regard the Bush court as legitimate?