Should Justice have an expiration date?
  • Petitioning The President, State senators and congress

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The President, State senators and congress

Should Justice have an expiration date?

    1. L K
    2. Petition by

      L K

      Rosharon, TX


When does justice expire? How long should a person be allowed to seek it?
There is a law in our country, little known to the general public., called the Anti-
terrorisom and Effective Death Penatilty Act ( AEDPA ). This act sets a 1 year
statute of limitations on any person that is imprisoned by the US state court being
allowed to ask the federal courts to review their case to ensure that they were
given a fair trial by the state.

Should justice ever have an expiration date? Well, the AEDPA effectively sets one with its 1-year statute of limitations.

A large
number of people are serving long sentences in the US prisons who were convicted in blatently
unfair trials, yet who are barred from seeking the basic justice of a new, FAIR trial through
federal review, due to this extremely unjust "expiration date" This needs to change in the simple
interests of justice. Wheather it takes a person one or twenty years to bring their legitimate
claims of violations of their constitutional rights to the federal courts, they should have at
least ONE oppurtunity to have their case reviewed, to ensure theirs was a fair trial. Simply
refusing to even consider the claims because they are "out of time" results in far too many

Recent signatures


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    Reasons for signing

    • Stephen Orringer PRINCETON, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      Justice should not have an expiration date. My court case is a perfect example of this and wrongful convictions. Check out my site at and you'll see it for yourself. Please sign this petition as well as mine. You will see a huge miscarriage of justice and want my convictions overturned.

    • Jackie Faulkner T OR C, NM
      • 5 months ago

      I feel it is unfair. For anyone involved, when there is more info available; it should be examined for any possible miscarriage of justice.

    • Donna Chandler LEXINGTON, SC
      • 5 months ago

      Justice should be equal and fair, but it isn't.

    • Camille Tilley GOODYEAR, AZ
      • 10 months ago

      It takes time to get through the long legal process, to find an attorney and for them to learn a case. Our courts are slow. We all know a year to prepare a Writ of Habeas is not an adequate amount of time to seek an appeal. It is also not the same standard that the prosecutors hold for themselves. Once they file charges, they feel free to take years, in some cases, to bring something to trial. The justice system is tipped in favor of the prosecutors who hold all the power and resources. For fair justice to exist, AEDPA must be eliminated.

    • Annette Bryant AUSTIN, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      We need to start punishing those who interfere with justice such as District Attorneys who hide evidence, hide witness statements and interfere with the "PROPER DNA TEST".


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