Federal Litigation of State Convictions: Practice and Pitfalls

Location: Lake Sheen
Date: Sat, May 2
Time: 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Litigating an innocence case in federal court has never been more complicated, with Supreme Court decisions such as Cullen v. Pinholster erecting additional procedural hurdles over and above AEDPA's already-confusing requirements. In the innocence arena, the recent decision of McQuiggin v. Perkins opened up some additional possibilities for federal habeas litigation, but the federal courts, once a reliable avenue for meaningful relief, are still daunting to enter, difficult to navigate, and anything but certain.  Similarly, Cullen v. Pinholster and Harrington v. Richter have seriously limited available avenues for relief. In this session, Alexander Simpson, from the California Innocence Project, and Dana Delger, from the Innocence Project, will discuss some of the difficulties and hurdles of federal habeas work in innocence cases, explaining the developments arising from recent Supreme Court cases and how these developments have begun to shape federal innocence litigation.    

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