Closed Doors - Should the federal courthouse doors be reopened to state prisoners, particularly those on death row, to ensure that justice is not short-circuited? Or should the federal courthouse doors remain as they are now, with only one federal review (unless the case presents an extraordinary issue)? Asked another way, where should the line be drawn between the interest of justice (ensuring that only the truly guilty are executed) and the need for finality (many of the habeas petitions raise issues that are unlikely to succeed)?
This issue presents to considerations to take into account. First, there is the consideration of the individual life and to make sure that those who are convicted are truly guilty of the crime of which they are convicted. The second is the resources of the federal government that may be scarce to re-examine state cases more than what they do right now. It is always a point of concern but state prisoners are convicted under ...
federal courthouse doors and state prisoners