January 28, 2015
by Peter Snyder
The state of Georgia executed inmate Warren Lee Hill Tuesday despite arguments made by his attorneys that he was intellectually disabled. The US Supreme Court denied Hill's application for stay of execution, rejecting both his petition for habeas corpus and writ of certiorari. Two Justices, ...[read more]
January 14, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a habeas petitioner who receives a favorable ruling at the district court level does not have to take a cross-appeal or obtain a certificate of appealability to defend the judgment in his favor on appeal. In 1989 Robert Mitchell Jennings was convicted of ...[read more]
December 22, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
An Argentine court unanimously ruled that an orangutan is a "non-human person" with a legal right to freedom. Last November, Argentina's Association of Professional Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) filed a habeas corpus writ on behalf of Sandra, an orangutan held in a Buenos Aires zoo, alleging ...[read more]
April 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in White v. Woodall that because the Supreme Court of Kentucky's rejection of Robert Keith Woodall's Fifth Amendment claim was not objectively unreasonable, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erred in granting the writ of habeas corpus. The case ...[read more]
March 24, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in a dispute concerning the proper procedures a criminal defendant must adhere to in a federal habeas corpus petition. On appeal from the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the habeas petitioner in Jennings v. Stephens was sentenced to ...[read more]
December 4, 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the district court's denial of a writ of habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainee Abdul Razak Ali. Ali, who was captured in 2002 during an 18-day stay at a Pakistan guesthouse with al Qaeda-associated terrorist leader ...[read more]
November 8, 2013
by Lauren Laing
Lawyers for former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr said Friday they are appealing a Canadian court ruling that denied his habeas corpus application and held that his placement in a federal penitentiary is lawful. Khadr's lawyer, Dennis Edney, argues that Justice John Rooke of the Alberta Court of ...[read more]
July 18, 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Wednesday granted the US government's motion for a temporary delay in enforcement of a court order banning genital searches at Guantanamo Bay. The searches at issue are being conducted any time a detainee is transported to the area for ...[read more]
July 9, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Defense lawyers for detainee Ibrahim Idris have argued that he is too mentally and physically ill to remain at Guantanamo Bay in a habeas corpus petition filed at the US District Court for the District of Columbia. Rather than contend his innocence, Idris' court-appointed defense lawyer Jennifer ...[read more]
May 30, 2013
by G. Redd
London-based Public Interest Lawyers on Wednesday accused the UK military of holding at least eight men without charge at the UK temporary holding facility in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Their clients have allegedly been held for over eight months without charge and without access to lawyers in ...[read more]

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