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Lawrence v. Florida

Court Type: U.S. Supreme Court
Status: Closed (Judgment)
Last Update: June 27, 2006

What's at Stake

Reviewing whether, and under what circumstances, the one year deadline for filing a federal habeas petition can be subject to "equitable tolling." DECIDED

Summary

This is a death penalty case that raises the question of how to calculate the one-year period for filing a federal habeas petition and whether that deadline can be “equitably tolled” under certain circumstances. The ACLU amicus brief argues that “equitable tolling” is appropriate when a state, in this case Florida, promises to provide death row inmates with quality representation in postconviction proceedings, and appointed counsel then fails to file timely pleadings.

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