Actus Reus

ac·tus re·us \ˈak-təs-ˈrē-əs, ˈäk-tu̇s-ˈrā-u̇s\

noun : the wrongful act that makes up the physical action of a crime

Latin: guilty act

University of Tennessee Appellate Litigation Clinic wins habeas case in Sixth Circuit

Students from the University of Tennessee Appellate Litigation Clinic, led by Professor Lucy Jewel, recently argued and won a habeas corpus petition in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The case, which involved a question of whether the client’s post-conviction motion was properly filed to toll the statute of limitations under the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, required a year of intense preparation by the clinic students, who filed multiple briefs and then orally argued the appeal during the Spring 2016 semester. University of Tennessee’s article regarding the clinic’s victory can be found here. Congratulations to Professor Jewel, her students, and most importantly, their client!

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