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Friday, July 08, 2005

A stealth bill to squeeze habeas corpus

There once was a torture employed in England called the peine forte et dure whereby increasingly heavy weights were laid on the chest of an accused person to make him plead.

A similar process of escalating pressure has been applied to the right to habeas corpus of those sentenced to death in the US. The Streamlined Procedures Act of 2005 (HR 3035 and S 1088) adds a few kilos.

Sentencing Law and Policy quotes committee testimony suggesting it's pretty bad.

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