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18 Jan, 2018

The End of the Death Penalty?

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 Could the death penalty – never far from the Supreme Court’s docket – be nearing its demise?  Few issues have caused the Court more discomfort since the turn of the Century.

While most states (31) authorize the death penalty, few of them actually use it.  As of January 1, 2018, there were 2,816 death row inmates […]

9 Jan, 2018

Pro se filing at the Supreme Court

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Pro se is a legal term that comes from Latin, denoting “for oneself, or on one’s own behalf.” It means that an individual is representing him- or her-self in court, by choice, without the help of an attorney. Given the state of our economy and the rising costs of legal representation, it should come as no […]

25 May, 2016

Resources Every Pro Se Litigant Needs

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When a litigant proceeds without legal counsel, they are said to be proceeding “pro se” or “on one’s own behalf.”  While the task of representing one’s own interests can be daunting, advancements in technology and transparency have made legal research easier than ever.  Much of the pertinent information, once only available to legal professionals from […]

8 Oct, 2015

Inmate Pro Se Litigant: Corrlinks

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An inmate who is no longer able to afford ongoing legal representation must often pursue his legal remedies as a pro se litigant. This task can be doubly difficult for the prisoner pro se litigant because communications with outside support can be so difficult.

But sometimes, the incarcerated pro se litigant has access to a special […]

1 Sep, 2015

Who May Invoke In Forma Pauperis?

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If a party believes that he/she is without the financial resources to pay the costs of a court action or proceeding, he/she may apply for in forma pauperis (IFP) status.  In the Supreme Court, that means filing without having to pay the $300 filing fee or producing booklet format briefs.

Parties who were granted IFP status in […]

2 Jun, 2015

Pro Se Help For Prisoners

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Many of the petitions filed in the U.S. Supreme Court each term are filed by prisoners representing themselves. And most of these prisoner pro se petitions are filed on the Court’s in forma pauperis docket. With the petition, IFP petitioners file a sworn affidavit describing their financial resources. Prisoners—who typically have little or no […]

19 May, 2015

A Primer on Pro Se Representation: Tips and Guides

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Pro se is a legal term that comes from Latin, meaning “for oneself, on one’s own behalf.” It means that an individual is representing him- or herself in court by choice without the help of an attorney. Given the state of our economy and the rising costs of legal representation, it should come as no surprise […]

30 Apr, 2015

Staying Execution: Death Row and the Supreme Court, Part II

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The following is part II of our look at emergency stays in the Supreme Court.  To read part I, click here.

On October 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM the Supreme Court was presented with an emergency application to stay the execution of Anthony Haynes, just 150 minutes before he was set to be executed.  The Court […]

16 Apr, 2015

Mythbuster: Common Misconceptions About Pro Se Litigation

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When a litigant proceeds without legal counsel, they are said to be proceeding “pro se” or “on one’s own behalf.”  The task of representing one’s own interests can be daunting, especially when one is misinformed about the nature of pro se litigation.  There are several misconceptions about what it means to proceed pro se.  Below […]

14 Apr, 2015

Staying Execution: Death Row and the Supreme Court, Part I

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The Supreme Court’s handling of an application to stay an execution may be one of the most suspenseful facets of judicial procedure.  Life and death literally hang in the balance during this little-known and not-so-visible emergency litigation.

Generally, a stay is an interim order that halts the effect of a lower court ruling.  Stays in the […]