Federal Habeas Corpus Update
This is the thirty-first issue of the Federal Habeas Corpus Update. The Update is intended to serve as a guide to various procedural trends and issues commonly arising in federal habeas corpus cases, and to provide readers with information regarding "new habeas" developments arising from the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. The case descriptions are intentionally succinct in order to enable the reader to quickly scan the Update and find decisions which may be helpful to their case or which may be worth a more detailed look. The Update is compiled by reviewing all federal habeas corpus cases pending in the Supreme Court and all published (and available unpublished) decisions by the federal courts of appeal and the federal district courts. The review of cases in the Update began on January 1, 1994.
The structure of the Update is relatively self-explanatory. Part I discusses habeas corpus and other potentially relevant cases pending in or recently decided by the United States Supreme Court. Part II contains case summaries on a variety of procedural and AEDPA issues that frequently arise in habeas proceedings. Part III contains summaries of all successful habeas cases.
Although the Federal Habeas Corpus Update is no longer being updated annually, HAT continues to monitor federal habeas corpus developments and posts revelant case summaries on the password protected portion of the website under Recent Habeas Cases.
The entire document, formatted in Adobe Acrobat Reader, is indexed and searchable and can be downloaded for easy reference. Once downloaded to your computer, the Update can be viewed instantly in an offline environment or copied to a laptop. The Update can also be printed–all 2000 plus pages. Click Here to view instructions on how to use the Adobe Acrobat Advanced Search in order to search multiple files and folders at the same time.