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Constitution Thursday 2015

Episode 2 – Titles of Nobility


What is the opposite of “slavery?”

It’s not actually “freedom.” The Founders weren’t fighting for freedom, they fought for Liberty. 70 more words

News & Notes

Slaves, animals and Lord Mansfield

A fascinating riff has been playing around the London Review of Books since Stephen Sedley (erstwhile Sedley LJ) reviewed a biography of the 18th century judge Lord Mansfield – … 963 more words

In The News

The Maverick

 After the terror attack on the United States on September 11, 2001, life as we knew it had changed forever.  Our civil liberties would be put to the test as former President George W. 2,398 more words

War On Terror

SCOTUS: Substitution of Counsel for Missing Federal Habeas Filing Deadline

After counsel for a death row inmate missed the filing deadline for his federal habeas corpus petition, the prisoner requested substitution of counsel based on conflict of interest as his existing counsel could not reasonably be expected to argue that the prisoner was entitled to equitable tolling of the statute of limitations.   65 more words

Death Penalty

CA11: Reverses grant of writ in death penalty case

In this federal habeas corpus appeal of a Florida state death row inmate, the district court granted a writ of habeas corpus on the grounds that defense counsel rendered ineffective assistance of counsel by advising the defendant to waive his right to a jury during the penalty phase.  79 more words


CA11: Overturns writ of habeas corpus on Faretta issue

Petitioner was convicted of murder and sentenced to death for the fatal shooting of police officer Scott Winters.  Overturning a federal district court’s issuance of a writ of habeas corpus, the Eleventh Circuit held that the Florida Supreme Court’s decision that the petitioner did not knowingly and voluntarily waive his right to counsel was not contrary to or an unreasonable application of clearly established Supreme Court law. 27 more words


No Habeas Relief for Kiko the Chimp, Either

Matter of The Nonhuman Rights Project, Inc. v Presti,

___ AD3d ___, ___ NYS2d ___, 2015 NY Slip Op 00085
Last week I reported the decision of the Third Department rejecting habeas corpus relief for Tommy the chimpanzee. 189 more words