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.
Merits Briefs for the Petitioner
Amicus Briefs in Support of the Petitioner
Merits Briefs for the Respondent
Amicus Briefs in Support of the Respondent