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Capital Habeas

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This guide covers management of cases involving federal habeas corpus review of state and federal capital convictions. It is meant to assist judges and court staff by providing a summary of relevant law and case-management procedures used by the federal courts in these cases. Although information in the guide is generally current to the revision date that follows the title, some portions may become dated as case law develops and new approaches emerge to managing federal death penalty cases.

This is the second part of a two-volume resource guide for managing capital cases in the federal courts. For the first volume, see Resource Guide for Managing Capital Cases, Volume I: Federal Death Penalty Trials.

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This monograph, revised as of December 2003, describes the statutes, case law, and policies applicable to federal capital case-management issues such as appointment of counsel, case budgeting, and jury selection, and summarizes procedures judges have used in capital cases at each stage of the proceedings.


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