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Managing Capital Cases

Managing Habeas Corpus Review of Capital Convictions: Additional Resources

Capital § 2254 Habeas Cases: A Pocket Guide for Judges
2012 (PDF, 28 pp.)
This pocket guide provides a basic overview of the issues judges can expect to face when assigned a capital habeas case. It begins with appointment of counsel, budgeting concerns, and stays of execution. It then summarizes the primary procedural considerations that affect habeas cases—successive petitions, petition timeliness, state remedies exhaustion, procedural default, and amending a petition. The guide also addresses substantive considerations for case resolution, evidentiary development, and briefing procedures. Finally, the guide highlights some of the issues that often arise prior to an execution.

Habeas Review of State Capital Convictions 
2010 (Video Streaming)
This program introduces the review process for cases involving habeas review of state capital convictions and the issues that may arise. The presenters are Judges David Carter (C.D. Cal.), Cindy Jorgenson (D. Ariz.), Barry Ted Moskowitz (S.D. Cal.), Xavier Rodriguez (W.D. Tex.), and Myron Thompson (M.D. Ala.). The accompanying program outline tracks the issues covered and has appendices with forms mentioned by the presenters.

  • Part One: Practical Management Issues
  • Part Two: Budgeting