Summary: H.R.3986 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.3986. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (11/03/2009)

Effective Death Penalty Appeals Act - Amends the federal judicial code to make federal habeas corpus relief available to a person sentenced to death if adjudication on the merits in state court proceedings of the claim cited in the writ application resulted in, or left in force, a death sentence imposed without consideration of newly discovered evidence which, in combination with the evidence presented at trial, demonstrates that the applicant is probably not guilty of the underlying offense.

Allows presentation of such a claim in a second or successive habeas corpus application.

Allows a second or successive court motion to vacate, set aside, or correct a death sentence based on such a claim.