Good Habeas News, SOPA, &c.

1st. The Supreme Court released its opinion in Maples v. Thomas today. The Court held for the petitioner finding that cause had been shown to excuse default because his Sullivan & Cromwell attorneys effectively abandoned him. Only Justices Scalia and Thomas dissented.

2d. Most discussions of SOPA on the web right now are intellectually dissatisfying. Don’t turn to them, turn to this open letter. It’s authored by 110 law professors and details the problems with both SOPA and PROTECT-IP.

3d. Things have gotten very busy as of late but I’ll continue to follow pending habeas cases and other interesting criminal law cases.

4th. Of course, the first chapter of Legal Fiction is coming very soon as well!

-Zachary Cloud

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