March 24, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in a dispute concerning the proper procedures a criminal defendant must adhere to in a federal habeas corpus petition. On appeal from the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the habeas petitioner in Jennings v. Stephens was sentenced to ...[read more]
December 4, 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the district court's denial of a writ of habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainee Abdul Razak Ali. Ali, who was captured in 2002 during an 18-day stay at a Pakistan guesthouse with al Qaeda-associated terrorist leader ...[read more]
November 8, 2013
by Lauren Laing
Lawyers for former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr said Friday they are appealing a Canadian court ruling that denied his habeas corpus application and held that his placement in a federal penitentiary is lawful. Khadr's lawyer, Dennis Edney, argues that Justice John Rooke of the Alberta Court of ...[read more]
July 18, 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Wednesday granted the US government's motion for a temporary delay in enforcement of a court order banning genital searches at Guantanamo Bay. The searches at issue are being conducted any time a detainee is transported to the area for ...[read more]
July 9, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Defense lawyers for detainee Ibrahim Idris have argued that he is too mentally and physically ill to remain at Guantanamo Bay in a habeas corpus petition filed at the US District Court for the District of Columbia. Rather than contend his innocence, Idris' court-appointed defense lawyer Jennifer ...[read more]
May 30, 2013
by G. Redd
London-based Public Interest Lawyers on Wednesday accused the UK military of holding at least eight men without charge at the UK temporary holding facility in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Their clients have allegedly been held for over eight months without charge and without access to lawyers in ...[read more]
May 28, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in McQuiggin v. Perkins that "actual innocence ... serves as a gateway through which a petitioner may pass" in a federal habeas action. In Schlup v. Delo (1995) and House v. Bell (2006), the Supreme Court held that a convincing showing of actual innocence enabled ...[read more]
May 28, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday in Trevino v. Thaler that last term's decision in Martinez v. Ryan on ineffective assistance of counsel claims should apply in this case. In Martinez an Arizona procedural rule required a defendant convicted at trial to raise a claim of ineffective assistance ...[read more]
May 20, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Metrish v. Lancaster that respondent Burt Lancaster is not entitled to federal habeas relief. Lancaster was convicted of murder in a Michigan state court. At the time the crime was committed, the Michigan appeals court recognized "diminished ...[read more]
March 13, 2013
by Caleb Pittman
JURIST Guest Columnist Anthony D'Amato of the Northwestern University School of Law says that habeas corpus rights are too important for the executive branch to ignore, even in a time of war...US President Barack Obama asserts that he has the constitutional privilege and power to order the killing ...[read more]

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