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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Matteson on the Savings Clause in 28 USC sec. 2255

Nicholas Matteson has posted Feeling Inadequate?: The Struggle to Define the Savings Clause in 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (Boston College Law Review, Vol. 53, p. 1, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This Note discusses the enactment of 28 U.S.C. § 2255 and the fundamental changes the AEDPA brought to that statute. It then considers attempts by the U.S. Courts of Appeal to define the term “inadequate or ineffective,” the operative language of the savings clause. This Note argues that all of the tests adopted by the Courts of Appeal are fundamentally flawed when considered against all of the interests relevant to the statutory interpretation of § 2255. Finally,it proposes a new test to govern the operation of the savings clause that avoids the pitfalls of the tests adopted by the Courts of Appeal.

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