Entries tagged with “Habeas procedure

Policy Issues

Representation

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Feb 14, 2022

Federal Court Overturns Death Sentence of Alabama Death-Row Prisoner Whose Abandonment by Counsel Led to Supreme Court Ruling

A fed­er­al dis­trict court has over­turned the death sen­tence of an Alabama death-row pris­on­er whose aban­don­ment by his state post-con­vic­tion coun­sel led to a U.S. Supreme Court deci­sion on the right of access to fed­er­al habeas cor­pus review. On January 27, 2022, Judge Karon O. Bowdre of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama over­turned Cory Maples’ death sen­tence, hold­ing that his tri­al coun­sel had pro­vid­ed prej­u­di­cial­ly defi­cient rep­re­sen­ta­tion dur­ing the penal­ty phase of his cap­i­tal tri­al in 1997.

Policy Issues

Innocence

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Intellectual Disability

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Representation

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United States Supreme Court

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May 25, 2022

Legal Analysts Blast Supreme Court Ruling Denying Prisoners Who Were Incompetently Represented in State Courts Access to Federal Courts to Prove Innocence, Constitutional Violations

In an opin­ion legal experts have blast­ed as night­mar­ish” and an abom­i­na­tion,” the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in two Arizona death penal­ty cas­es that 1990s amend­ments to the fed­er­al habeas cor­pus law per­mit state pris­on­ers who were pro­vid­ed inef­fec­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion at tri­al and in post-con­vic­tion pro­ceed­ings to argue that their coun­sel were inef­fec­tive but bar them from pre­sent­ing evi­dence of their inef­fec­tive­ness that com­pe­tent lawyers had dis­cov­ered once the case had reached fed­er­al court.

Facts & Research

United States Supreme Court

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Methods of Execution

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Jan 20, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Two More Cases on Death-Row Prisoners’ Access to Federal Courts

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review two cas­es con­cern­ing the scope of death-row pris­on­ers’ access to the fed­er­al courts in lit­i­gat­ing the con­sti­tu­tion­al­i­ty of their con­vic­tions and sen­tences or the method by which states seek to exe­cute them.