- Artuz v. Bennett
Artuz v. Bennett
Supreme Court of the United States
Argued October 10, 2000
Decided November 7, 2000
Full case name Christopher Artuz, Superintendent, Green Haven Correctional Facility v. Tony Bruce Bennett Citations 531 U.S. 4 (more)
531 U.S. 4 (2000)
Prior history On Writ of Certiorari to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals Subsequent history Remanded to the District Court Holding An application for state postconviction relief containing procedurally barred claims is filed within the meaning of the AEDPA. Court membershipChief Justice
Case opinions Majority Scalia, joined by unanimous Laws applied AEDPA (1996)
Artuz v. Bennett, 531 U.S. 4 (2000), was a United States Supreme Court case decided in 2000. The case concerned whether a habeas corpus petition tolled for time under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 when certain state claims are still pending. The Court held that it did not.
Opinion of the Court
Justice Scalia delievered the unanimous decision for the Court, holding that an application for postconviction relief containing procedurally barred claims is properly filed within the meaning of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. Only the specific claims and not the actual filing of the claims could be defaulted under state law, he argued. "An application is "filed", as that term is commonly understood, when it is delievered to, and accepted by, the appropriate state officer for placement into the official record". In the present case, the Court had not issued a written dismissal, just an oral decision from the bench. That would not count toward the tolling of the habeas claim.
- Habeas corpus
- Death penalty
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