Russo v. United States

Brief of the Innocence Project and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioner.

Brief filed: 12/13/2016


Russo v. United States

2nd Circuit Court of Appeals; Case No. 16-2118

Prior Decision

Decision below Case No. 15-CV-48 (E.D.N.Y. January 1, 2015).


It is crucial that avenues remain open to assert claims based on newly discovered evidence of innocence. Innocent convicts face enormous challenges in uncovering and litigating new evidence of innocence. The Section 2255 Savings Clause requires meaningfully adequate consideration of newly discovered evidence of innocence. The Court should eliminate its requirement that motions for authorization to file successive habeas petitions be limited to the Court's pre-printed form.

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Professor Brandon Garrett, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA; Bryce Benjet and Vanessa Potkin, Innocence Project, New York, NY.