United States v. Hayman

342 U.S. 205 (1952)

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United States v. Hayman

United States Supreme Court
342 U.S. 205 (1952)

  • Written by Arlyn Katen, JD

Facts

A federal district court sentenced Hayman (defendant) to 20 years of incarceration for forging government checks and other federal-law violations. Hayman later moved for a new trial, arguing that his trial counsel was ineffective. The district court denied Hayman’s motion during a proceeding authorized under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 (the § 2255 proceeding). Although the district court held three days of evidentiary hearings, the court neither notified Hayman of the proceeding nor allowed Hayman to be heard at the proceeding. Hayman appealed, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court, holding that the § 2255 proceeding was inadequate and ineffective to test Hayman’s detention and that in the alternative, § 2255 was unconstitutional to the extent that it prevented an incarcerated person from accessing the federal writ of habeas corpus. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Vinson, C.J.)

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