If the chief judges of state and federal appellate courts, the national bar and a host of others say a bill that would strip the federal courts of nearly all authority to review state convictions and sentences is a mistake, you'd think the bill's proponents might back down. Think again. Lawmakers are seeking the most sweeping changes to federal habeas review in a decade. Judges have urged study into whether there really is unwarranted delay in resolving habeas petitions. But the Senate is ready to act.
More Fuel Added to Debate Over Federal Habeas Review
The National Law Journal
October 20, 2005