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Justices Side with Prisoner Over Texas, DOJ on Habeas Corpus (1)

June 1, 2020, 2:20 PMUpdated: June 1, 2020, 10:37 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court sided 7-2 with a Texas prisoner in a case that the majority said could help make the court system more efficient, over dissent warnings that prisoners will now be incentivized to file meritless motions that will overburden the system.

Those broad claims stemmed from the exceedingly technical question at the center of the case: Whether, and under what circumstances, courts should treat federal rule of civil procedure 59(e) motions to alter or amend judgments as “second or successive” habeas corpus petitions.

“A state prisoner is entitled to one fair opportunity to seek federal habeas relief from...

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