Constitutional Law Keyed to Farber
Felker v. Turpin
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The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (the act) made it more difficult for prisoners to file successive petitions for writs of habeas corpus. Under the act, a prisoner who has filed one petition for habeas relief must seek leave from a special appellate panel in order to submit a subsequent petition. The panel’s decision is not subject to review by the United States Supreme Court. In this case, a death row prisoner (defendant) sought leave to file a second petition for habeas relief, but the panel found that he did not meet statutory requirements. The prisoner filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, which granted review.
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