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ABUSE-OF-THE-WRIT DOCTRINE

abuse-of-the-writ  doctrine.Criminal  procedure.  The  principle  that  a  petition  for  a  writ  of

habeas  corpus  may  not raise  claims  that  should  have  been,  but  were  not, asserted  in  a  previous

petition. Cf. SUCCESSIVE-WRIT DOCTRINE. [Cases: Habeas Corpus    896.] [Blacks Law 8th]