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Rutgers University, School of Law




There are days when the availability of the federal writ of habeas corpus as a vehicle for challenging criminal convictions collaterally seems assured. The arrival of Professor Robbins' new casebook is itself strong, affirmative evidence. At last a major publishing house has acknowledged that the great body of habeas corpus statutes, rules, and precedents warrants a full-length, hard-bound casebook for classroom use. Implicitly, surely, the publisher assumes that the postconviction writ is here to stay, that it forms a stable and legitimate part of our jurisprudence. 3 At the same time, some members of the Court, particularly Chief Justice Burger and Justice Rehnquist, have launched a multi-faceted assault on the availability of federal collateral review.

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