June 02, 2006

ID: ineffective screw-up of counsel

From the Blaine County paper:

Sarah Johnson seeks appeal - Hearing to determine if murder conviction can be appealed

A court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Hailey to determine if Sarah M. Johnson can once more appeal her convictions for the murders of her parents in Bellevue in 2003.

The Idaho Supreme Court dismissed her original appeal in April, ruling that it was filed beyond the legally mandated deadline. Johnson filed court papers later in April seeking reinstatement of her appeal rights on the grounds that her attorneys screwed up in filing the appeal too late.

I believe that the reporter must have taken the term "screwed up" from the pleadings.