US Supreme Court rules Florida death row inmate cannot appeal due to missed filing deadline: In an application of the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, the US Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote today that Florida death row inmate Gary Lawrence is ineligible to pursue a federal court appeal because he failed to file the appeal within one year of completion of his state appeals. AP has this coverage. Ruling is here (9-page pdf). Scotusblog has more here in a summary of today's US Sup Ct rulings (scroll down).
...the Court, dividing 5-4, ruled that the one-year filing period for a federal habeas challenge of a state conviction is not interrupted while the inmate has a petition for review pending in the U.S. Supreme Court. That "tolling period," the Court said, only applies when a post-conviction challenge is pending in state courts. Justice Thomas wrote the majority opinion in Lawrence v. Florida (05-8820).