A provision of the federal habeas corpus statute, 28 U.S.C. §2254(a) (1970), authorizes federal district courts to grant habeas corpus relief to persons detained pursuant to a state court judgment whenever the detention is in violation of federal law. But does §2254(a) authorize federal courts to grant habeas corpus relief to state prisoners convicted on the basis of evidence seized in violation of the Fourth Amendment?
Donald E. Wilkes Jr.,
Federal Postconviction Relief
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