Bob Egelko reminds us that the compromise agreement reached to expend the PATRIOT Act by just one month has also stalled some onerous habeas corpus restrictions attached to the original PATRIOT Act extension bill (as well as a grab bag of other criminal justice measures which were equally bad).
Let's hope that they stay dead. Habeas corpus could use changes. The current law is far to technical and restrictive. But, further limiting our nation's system for reviewing wrongful convictions in the federal courts is not the answer.