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Tag Archives: Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act

Justices won’t let Mich. defendant reargue diminished capacity

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a Michigan murder defendant’s due process rights were not violated when a change in state law following his 1994 conviction prevented him from reasserting a diminished-capacity defense when he later won a new ...

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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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