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Habeas Appellate Court Opinion

by Townsend, Karen


AC42932 Kelsey v. Commissioner of Correction (Good cause standard; "The petitioner claims on appeal that the habeas court improperly determined that his purported ignorance of the filing deadline set forth in § 52-470 (d) (1) and his lack of meaningful access to a law library during some portions of his term of incarceration were insufficient to demonstrate good cause to overcome the statutory presumption of unreasonable delay. We disagree and, accordingly, affirm the judgment of the habeas court."


"The petitioner asserted that, because of his lack of access to legal resources during segregation and lockdown and his former habeas counsel’s failure to inform him of the time limitations of § 52-470, he was unaware of the deadline for filing his second habeas petition, and this lack of knowledge necessarily established ‘good cause’ for any delay.")