Death Row Inmates and Terry Schiavo
Proponents of the law that required federal court review of the Terri Schiavo case said that all possible protections should be available when a human life is at stake. Said Senator Mel Martinez, R-Fla., "We will simply be allowing the federal judge to give one last review, one last look in a case that has so many questions, that has so many anxieties, and that will provide us the kind of assurance before the ultimate fate of this woman is decided to know that we did all we could do and that every last measure of review was given her, just like it would have been given to a death row inmate convicted and sentenced to die."
But, Martinez was wrong because since 1996 when Congress enacted the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA), those sentenced to death have been prevented from receiving a full review in the courts. There are other obstacles as well.
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