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Habeas Corpus in the United States

by Human Rights Alert, NGO Wednesday, Apr. 06, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Availability of Habeas Corpus petition forms does not amount to the safeguard of the right for Habeas Corpus.

Habeas Corpus in the United States
Los Angeles, April 5 – Availability of Habeas Corpus petition forms does not amount to the safeguard of the right for Habeas Corpus.

Access to honest courts for review of Habeas Corpus petitions is a different matter:

* Review of the prisoners' records in Los Angeles and Marin Counties, California, shows that about half of them are held with invalid legal records. [1]
* The case of Richard Fine documented his holding in solitary confinement for 18 months under fraudulent records, stating that he was arrested and imprisoned on the grounds and by authority of the non-existent "Municipal Court of San Dedro". His Habeas Corpus petition was subject to multiple levels of fraud in review under the US District Court, Central District of California, US Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, and Supreme Court of the United States. [2,3]

The evidence of large-scale false imprisonments in California was central to the 2010 Human Rights Alert (NGO) submission to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. The report was incorporated into the official Staff Report with reference to "corruption of the courts and the legal profession". [4]

In Fay v Noia (1963) the late Justice Brennan wrote for the Supreme Court:

* "The basic principle of the Great Writ of habeas corpus is that, in a civilized society... if the imprisonment cannot be shown to conform with the fundamental requirements of law, the individual is entitled to his immediate release".

A key finding in the final report of the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights in the United States in 2010 was the dismantling of Habeas Corpus rights in the United States, and the Human Rights Council of the United Nations called upon the United States to restore such rights, including the rights of Habeas Corpus for detainees in Guantanamo Bay.

The right for Habeas Corpus petition was effectively dismantled in the United States.

[1] Zernik, J: Data Mining as a Civic Duty Online Public Prisoners' Registration Systems, International Journal on Social Media: Monitoring, Measurement, Mining 1: 84-96 (2010)
[2] April 20, 2010 Motion to Intervene and related papers in Fine v Sheriff (09-A827) at the US Supreme Court
[3] Fine v Sheriff (09-A827) in the US Supreme Court - denial of the right to file papers in the Court
[4] 10-04-19 Human Rights Alert (NG0) submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council for the 2010 Review (UPR) of Human Rights in the United States as incorporated into the UPR staff report, with reference to "corruption of the courts and the legal profession".

Joseph Zernik, PhD
Human Rights Alert (NGO)
At 12:18 AM 4/6/2011, Bob wrote:

See the attached habeas-related forms Alice Marcott of the Pinellas County Sheriff Office graciously sent me upon request.

I had called half a dozen or more places asking for them and gotten frustrated with the phone equivalent of blank stares of non-understanding.

I sent a simple public records request by email yesterday afternoon and received this lovely answer this afternoon.

I love it when things work the way they should.

------- Forwarded message -------
From: "Marcott,Alice"
To: "'bob@bobhurt.com'"
Subject: FW: Habeas Corpus Blank forms
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2011 15:50:52 -0400

Mr. Hurt,

Attached are the Writ of Habeas Corpus forms given to Pinellas County Jail inmates upon their request.

Alice M. Marcott
General Counsel's Office
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
amarcott1 at pcsonet dot com

Motion 99-28 Belated Writ of Habeas Corpus.doc
Motion 98-16 Writ of Habeas Corpus.doc
Motion 95-55 Writ of Habeas Corpus.doc
Habeas Corpus Petition Form 2241 (28 U.S.C. 2241).pdf
Florida - PInellas County Sheri.pdf
Florida - PInellas County Sheri1.pdf
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