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SLACK V. MCDANIEL - ANTI-TERRORISM AND EFFECTIVE DEATH PENALTY ACT OF 1996 — RULES GOVERNING APPEALS - essential reading for anyone who intends to file a second 2254 habeas corpus petition.
Case: Slack v. McDaniel
1. When an appeal by a habeas petitioner is filed after the effective date of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA) amendments to 28 U.S.C. § 2254, is the right to an appeal governed by the AEDPA even if the original habeas petition was filed before the effective date of the statute?
2. If AEDPA does control the proceedings on appeal, may a certificate of appealability issue under 28 U.S.C. 2253(c) (Supp. III 1997) when the district court dismissed the petition on procedural grounds?
3. Is a habeas petition "second or successive" when it is filed after an initial dismissal without prejudice for failure to exhaust state remedies
Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatmet of Prisoners Adopted by the First United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, held at Geneva in 1955, and approved by the Econimic and Social Council by its resolution 663 C (XXIV) of 31July 1957 and 2076 (LXII) of 13 May 1977
Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners UN Document Series Symbol : ST/HR/ UN Issuing Body: Secretariat Centre for Human Rights © United Nations
State Constitutions- A complete list of state constitutions
STATE v. BYRD— 115 S.C. 214, 105 S.E. 286 (1920). "it may be concluded, therefore, that 'the sudden heat [of] passion, upon sufficient legal provocation,' which mitigates a felonious killing to manslaughter, while it need not dethrone reason entirely, or shut out knowledge and volition, must be such as would naturally disturb the sway of reason, and render the mind of an ordinary person incapable of cool reflection, and produce what, according to human experience, may be called an 'uncontrollable impulse to do violence."' State v. Davis, 50 S.C. 405, 423-424, 27 S.E. 905, 911 (1897).
Statute of Limitations in Pennsylvania and Repressed Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse - December 31, 2004 - Women's Law Forum, Legal Rules, Statute of Limitations, the Discovery Rule, and more...
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(PC note: please remember that all cases you use in writing a pro se document must be "shepardized" to be sure you are using the most current.  It is better not to use a case as reference if it is outdated because the very argument you may be using in an outdated case may have been overruled by another case which would nullify your argument.  Outdated does not necessarily mean old.
There are still some very old cases that remain current because it is good law. 
One example is United States v Mesarosh, 362 US 1,9 (1956): — so be careful in using case la in your pro se briefs - "always shepardize").
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United Nations Crime and Justice Information Network - Site includes their handbook, links to country specific information, international statistics, and research sources
United States Constitution and Bill Of Rights
The United States Constitution - and all of its ARTICLES
The Two United States and the Law - by Howard Freeman - An important "right" is available to you. The name of the right is "Allocution"
THREE STRIKES AND OTHER LEGAL RESEARCH - November 11, 2005 - The following case will aid you in  your research and preparation of your own legal documents, or to help prisoners with their legal documents.   If you are helping a prisoner, the following authority will help you in that process. As Supplemental Brief was prepared for the Third Appellate Court, by laymen under the authority of  Johnson v. Avery , 393 U.S. 483 (1969), which states as follows:
TITLE VIII--PRISON LITIGATION REFORM SEC. 801. SHORT TITLE. This title TITLE VIII--PRISON LITIGATION REFORM SEC. 801. SHORT TITLE. This title may be cited as the `Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995'. SEC. 802. APPROPRIATE REMEDIES FOR PRISON CONDITIONS. (a) IN GENERAL- Section 3626 of title 18, United...(This unconstitutional law, much of it now struck down, makes it impossible for inmates or their families to find any meaningful relief though the courts for abuses.)
US v. Georgia, No. 04-1203, 04-1236 (U.S.S.C. January 10, 2006) (Georgia case) - Insofar as Title II of the American with Disabilities Act creates a private cause of action for damages against states for conduct that actually violates the Fourteenth Amendment, Title II validly abrogates state sovereign immunity.  To read the full text of this opinion, go to:
United Nations Documentation - Research Guide - Human rights are recognized as fundamental by the United Nations and, as such, feature prominently in the Preamble of the Charter: "... to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small..."
The Organization's prominent role in the area of human rights is carried out by Charter-based and treaty-based bodies, some of which date back to the very foundation of the UN. As an indication of the expanding significance of this vast field, in 1993 the General Assembly created the post of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights ( A complete listing of the reports of the United Nations High Commissioner to the General Assembly can be found in the UN-I-QUE database.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948-1998 — Adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948 On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948-1999) — December 10, 2004 — On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the full text of which appears in the following pages. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."
US COURT OF APPEALS, SIXTH CIRCUIT — Visitation Rights - 2002 FED App. 0118P — MERRITT, Circuit Judge. Plaintiffs, a class of prisoners incarcerated by defendant Michigan Department of Corrections, and their prospective visitors, sue the department under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming thatrestrictions on prison visitation imposed in 1995 violate their rights under the First, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments. Click here for the Adobe PDF version of this opinion.
U.S. Supreme Court News — Cuffed to a Hitching Post: All Too Clearly Cruel — Karen M. Blum, The National Law Journal March 4, 200
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UN Office of the High Commissioner for Huma Rights "Urgent action" procedure under extra-conventional mechanisms Check out "Arbitary Detention"
UNPRECENTED MOVE BY FEDERAL JUDGE ALLOWING RICO ACTION TO PROCEED AGAINST ARIZONA STATE COURT JUDGES- Case Also Involves High Ranking Prison Employees and Arizona Attorney General.  On June 5th, 2005 Federal Judge David Campbell of Phoenix allowed a Federal Racketeering Action to proceed against Arizona Superior Court Judges Ronald Reinstein, Jonathan Schwartz, Gregory Martin, Edward Burke as well as employees of the State prison system and the Arizona Attorney General, it was announced today by Anant Tripati. (CIV 2003-1122 PHX DGC (DKD))
Voting Rights for Prisoners and Ex-Felones
We the People — U.S. Constitution, State Constitutions, Declaration of Independence - and worthy news updates
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WESTERHEIDE v. STATE OF FLORIDA, No. SC00-2124 (Fla.October 17, 2002) - The "Jimmy Ryce Act", providing for the involuntary commitment of persons convicted of sexually offenses and found to be "sexually violent predators", does not violate ex post facto provisions, double jeopardy, due process, or equal protection.
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WHO'S A RAT — April 2, 2005 - Whos a - REAL LIFE - REAL PEOPLE largest online database of informants and agents
Who Is Running America? The Bankruptcy of America, the Corporate United States, and the New World Order
WOODWARD v. CORR. MED. SERVS. OF ILLINOIS, INC., No. 03-3147 (7th Cir. May 17, 2004) - Wrongful death verdict against CMS re: MI-inmate suicide.  A reasonable jury could find that defendant's custom of failing to follow proper procedures with regard to mentally ill inmates led to the underlying, successful suicide attempt. Wrongful death jury verdict for plaintiff is affirmed.
WORLD LEGAL HISTORY — March 25, 2004— For legal historians, the Web is a place where they can preserve in digital format the faded and crumbling documents of the past, for playback now and in the future. These chroniclers of the law are building invaluable archives online. From ancient Greece to the Magna Carta, from the common law to contemporary jurisprudence, Web sites document and explore the rule and role of law. This column looks at sites that explore the history of law from its earliest recorded beginnings, and then moves on to sites that focus on the legal history of the U.S.
WRIT OF ACTUAL INNOCENCE — Added June 24, 2008 - Instructions for PETITION FOR A WRIT OF ACTUAL INNOCENCE BASED ON NONBIOLOGICAL EVIDENCE - THE COURT OF APPEALS OF VIRGINIA. These instructions and forms are provided to those who seek to petition the Court of Appeals of Virginia for a Writ of Actual Innocence Based on Nonbiological Evidence, pursuant to Chapter 19.3 of Title 19.2 of the Code of Virginia ( 19.2-327.10 through 19.2-327.14).
WRONGFUL CONVICTION AND INNOCENCE RESOURCES ON THE INTERNET — December 22, 2005 - Ken Strutin (JD, MLS) is an experienced law librarian, criminal defense attorney, and well-known writer and speaker. He is the author of The Insider's Guide: Criminal Justice Resources on the Internet, and has lectured extensively about the benefits of using the Internet for legal research at national and local CLE training programs. Mr. Strutin also wrote ALI-ABA's Practice Checklist Manual on Representing Criminal Defendants and co-authored the award winning Legal Research Methodology computer tutorial, published by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). He has contributed chapters to several books and written many articles concerning knowledge management, legal research and criminal law. Mr. Strutin has taught courses in Advanced Legal Research and Law Office Management. He is also listed in Who's Who in American Law. Currently, Mr. Strutin is the Director of Legal Information Services at the New York State Defenders Association and writes a column for the New York Law Journal. Published December 17, 2005
Wrongful Death Institute - Consultants and Analysists
Karen Russo — Founder and Director of The Wrongful Death Institute and Forensic Science Associates, practicing criminalist, B.A. Political Science, M.S. Criminal Justice, pursuing a Masters in Theological Studies, adjunct professor in criminal evidence and criminal investigation. Areas of expertise: wrongful death case analysis, death investigation, crime scene reconstruction, determination of weapons to wounds in blunt force and sharp force injuries, police liability, public speaker conducting workshops and seminars in the forensic disciplines and wrongful death issues nationwide for law enforcement agencies, attorneys, civic organizations, funeral home industry, criminal justice departments, and the public at large. Author of the upcoming book soon to be released entitled  "The Last Breath."
WYATT V. TERHUNE — January 15, 2003 - Before the Circuit Judges - FIRST AMENDMENT /
RELIGION / EQUAL PROTECTION - Vacated and Remanded
Your Doorway to Future Success in Law Here is an interesting legal issue for you to ponder.  According to this and many other sources, there was a 13th Amendment to the Constitution for the United States of America - not the one that we think we have now -  that was removed during the time just before or during the Civil War.
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