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The Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday on two cases– the first involving the status of veterans’ benefits and the second over whether a dispute over court filing dates is enough of a reason to deny a man convicted of a crime a new trial.
Listen to the hearing in the player above.
In the first case, veteran Kevin George suffered from mental health problems that he said were worsened by his service in the military. However, the Department of Veterans Affairs denied him benefits using regulation that, decades later, was later found to be wrong. George had filed suit, but a lower court found that because he could not specifically pinpoint the rule as the reason he was denied benefits, he could not reopen his claim. George is asking the Supreme Court to find that his benefits have been improperly withheld.
In Kemp v. the United States, Dexter Kemp had been convicted in Florida of drug and gun charges, but later claimed he had suffered due to ineffective counsel. However, his legal application to overturn his conviction became the subject of a dispute as to whether it had been filed too late. Kemp is asking the court to find that he had filed his application in reasonably timely manner.
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