In NY, a judge just issued an order denying the state a chance to respond to the motion by Gary Thibodeau that he should get a new trial, because of new evidence of innocence, in his rape case 20 years ago because the state missed its deadline. I put this in its own story, rather than Quick Clicks, because I find it so unusual. Most doing post-conviction innocence work are used to being held to strict deadlines, while seeing the prosecution get extension after extension (while our clients sit in prison with substantial evidence of innocence). In my cases, when the State has missed a deadline, they simply file late and their error is ignored. It’s nice to see a judge taking these claims seriously and holding the state to the same rules to which convicted inmates are held.
UPDATE: Apparently the court has changed its mind and given the state a chance to respond despite missing its deadline. Of course!