“In a decision announced today, the California Supreme Court held that the lengthy, repetitive habeas corpus petitions filed in most death penalty cases are an abuse of the process. The court held that lawyers representing condemned murderers need not raise every conceivable issue to adequately serve their clients, following the lead of the United States Supreme Court and flatly rejecting the contrary position of the American Bar Association.
“The Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation had joined the case In re Reno at the invitation of the California Attorney General to submit argument encouraging today’s decision.
“Writing for the unanimous court, Justice Kathryn Werdegar noted, “To raise a multitude of untimely claims without making a plausible effort to demonstrate a proper justification of timeliness, or without any justification at all…
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