High Court To Hear About Convicted Murderer's Missed Deadline

CLEVELAND (AP) - The U-S Supreme Court today was scheduled to
consider a case from Ohio involving a judge's error and a convicted
murderer's missed deadline.

In 2004, a federal judge gave Keith Bowles of Cleveland 17 days
to say whether he planned to appeal his conviction in the fatal
beating of a Painesville man. Bowles' lawyer filed the notice in 16
days, but federal rules actually allowed only a 14-day window. So,
the U-S appeals court in Cincinnati refused to consider Bowles'

Before the nation's highest court today, defense attorney Paul
Mancino Junior plans to argue that his client was unfairly denied
his day in court.

The state contends that it was up to Bowles and his lawyer to
know the rules.