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US high court asks when procedural defaults bar ineffective assistance claims

Less than a year after creating a narrow right to make a federal ineffective assistance of counsel claim in a post-conviction proceeding despite a procedural default in state court, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court tried to carve out the contours of that ruling during oral arguments in Trevino v. Thaler.

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Justices of US Supreme Court to consider limit of ineffective assistance ruling

In a case that could help establish the limits of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last term in Martinez v. Ryan, which established defendants’ narrow right to the effective assistance of counsel in a post-conviction proceeding, the Court has agreed to decide whether a state court procedural default prevents a federal habeas court from hearing a post-conviction ineffective assistance claim.

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High Court rules federal court erred in granting habeas corpus

A federal court erred in granting habeas corpus to a defendant where the state’s witness was unavailable, because under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act a federal court cannot overturn a state court’s decision that the state took reasonable steps to find a witness merely because the federal court identified additional steps that might have been taken.

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FORUM: Proposal to limit federal habeas corpus review of criminal convictions is wrong-headed and dangerous

In an editorial in the Sunday New York Times, April 17, 2011, entitled "Justice, Too Much and Too Expensive," two law professors from Indiana and Vanderbilt University present a radical proposal that federal court review of state court convictions under the writ of habeas corpus should be even more strictly limited than it currently is -- to just death penalty cases and cases in which the prisoner can produce persuasive new evidence of his or her innocence.

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09-1032 Kerr v. Thurmer

CRIMINAL OPINIONS Habeas Corpus Ineffective assistance; plea bargaining Where a state prisoner claims he would have accepted a plea agreement if his attorney had correctly conveyed it to him, and no evidentiary hearing was held, the district court should have ...

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09-868 Wall v. Kholi

Habeas Corpus AEDPA A motion to reduce a sentence under state law is an application for “collateral review” that triggers AEDPA’s tolling provision. The parties agree that the motion is not part of the direct review process, and both this ...

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09-587 Harrington v. Richter

Habeas Corpus Standard of review 28 U.S.C. 2254(d) applies to a habeas corpus petition, even though the state court’s order was unaccompanied by an opinion explaining the court’s reasoning. By its terms, §2254(d) bars relitigation of a claim “adjudicated on ...

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