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Supreme court gives inmates more

leeway to challenge conviction

By , Washington Post, Tuesday, May 28, 6:44 PM 

A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a prisoner who presents credible evidence of his innocence can overcome a procedural barrier that he waited too long to go to court.Federal law dictates that a state prisoner has one year from the time he is convicted to petition federal courts to say his conviction violated his constitutional rights — for instance, that he was deprived of effective counsel.

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Click for Commentary from Slate.com   “Supreme Court moves to protect the innocent and Justice Scalia fumes” by Emily Bazelon

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