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Justices Rule for Inmate After Mailroom Mix-Up

• New York Times
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that an Alabama death row inmate who missed a filing deadline thanks to a mix-up in the mailroom of a prominent New York law firm must be given another chance. 
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the majority in the 7-to-2 decision, said “no just system” would allow the missed deadline to be held against the inmate, Cory R. Maples, in light of how he had been treated by lawyers from Sullivan & Cromwell, who handled his case without charge after he was convicted of murdering two people in 1997.

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Comment by PureTrust
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There are lots of things to consider and talk about in this story. But there is one important thing, and if it is mentioned in the article, I missed it. The important point is that if you send mail REGISTERED to Government, it is legally considered delivered at the time you have it registered in the Post Office. It is delivered immediately. This doesn't work for certified mail. Only for registered mail.