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If the appeal of the denial of your Application for Post Conviction Relief is denied at the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals then you have “exhausted” your state remedies and you can then begin the Federal Habeas Corpus process under 28 U.S.C. Section 2254.
The Federal Habeas Corpus process does NOT involve the Defendant testifying at a hearing. The process involves the decision of the Criminal Court of Appeals, briefs written by attorneys for the Defendant and the Prosecution, and if the appeal is accepted to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, oral arguments are made by the attorneys. The Defendant DOES NOT ever testify.
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