Cases & Deals

Jones Day Atlanta team wins Eleventh Circuit appeal on the timeliness of habeas corpus petition

Clients Stephen, Aaron

This case centered around the issue of the timely filing of an 18 USC Section 2255 habeas corpus petition. The Southern District of Georgia ruled that Aaron Stephen's habeas corpus petition was filed 22 days after the one-year statute of limitations. In the Eleventh Circuit appeal, the court-appointed Atlanta Jones Day team argued that the statute of limitations for Mr. Stephen's petition should be tolled because Mr. Stephen was denied his constitutional right of access to the courts. Specifically, Stephen's legal team argued that the state prison in which he was initially detained lacked sufficient legal materials and adequate law library visitation policies as required under the Constitution.

Aaron L. Stephen v. United States of America, 11th Circuit Case No: 11-12555-AA