Federal Habeas Corpus: An Abridged Sketch

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This report discusses federal habeas corpus, which is a procedure under which a
federal court may review the legality of an individual’s incarceration. It is most often
invoked after conviction and the exhaustion of the ordinary means of appeal. It is at
once the last refuge of scoundrels and the last hope of the innocent. It is an intricate
weave of statute and case law whose reach has flowed and ebbed over time.

Creator(s): Doyle, Charles
Location(s): United States
Creation Date: April 28, 2006
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Creator (Author):
Doyle, Charles

Senior Specialist, American Law Division

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Place of Publication: Washington D.C.
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  • Creation: April 28, 2006
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United States
Description:

This report discusses federal habeas corpus, which is a procedure under which a
federal court may review the legality of an individual’s incarceration. It is most often
invoked after conviction and the exhaustion of the ordinary means of appeal. It is at
once the last refuge of scoundrels and the last hope of the innocent. It is an intricate
weave of statute and case law whose reach has flowed and ebbed over time.

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6 Pages.

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