Expedited Review of Capital Post-Conviction Claims: Idaho’s Flawed Process
The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (“AEDPA”) is a federal attempt to expedite litigation in capital cases. Many states adopted unitary appeal systems in response to the AEDPA. Unitary systems consolidate the direct appeal and state post-conviction process. In Idaho, Idaho Code § 19-4908 establishes special proceedings for capital cases including a forty-two day limitation to present any claims. This article makes a critical analysis of Idaho’s capital post-conviction procedure.