habeas corpus

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Synonyms for habeas corpus

a writ ordering a prisoner to be brought before a judge

the civil right to obtain a writ of habeas corpus as protection against illegal imprisonment

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49) Blackstone describe-ed the writ as "the Bulwark of the English Constitution" and as "the Great Writ of liberty.
What remains difficult to reconcile with the role and jurisprudence of the writ of habeas corpus--the Great Writ of Liberty--is the Court's unequivocal limitation of its decision to cases in which the claim sought to be raised in postconviction review is ineffective assistance of trial counsel.
Drawing on history, current practice, and empirical data, King and Hoffmann find unifying themes that not only explain our past use of the Great Writ but also give guidance regarding how we should interpret the writ going forward.
and Joseph L Hoffman of Indiana University, Bloomington, coauthors of Habeus for the 21st Century: Uses, Abuses, and the Future of the Great Writ.
The Great Writ, like all judicial writs, is a government power.
Known as "the Great Writ," its codification into English
15) The great writ has recently been employed expansively by Florida courts to cure several injustices.
But the conclusion of the Commission on Wartime Relocation of Japanese Americans--like those denouncing the Alien and Sedition Act or Lincoln's suspension of the great writ, the Espionage Act prosecutions of political anti-war statements, or the witch hunt for communists and the enactment of various laws aimed at flushing out those with communist beliefs--came far too late to prevent civil liberties from being infringed and caused untold damage to innocent citizens who had been promised the protection of the Constitution, who were entitled to the protection of their lawmakers, and who should have been protected by their last hope, the courts," Judge Barkett said.
Petitioners and the amici supporting them invoke the tradition of the Great Writ as a protection of liberty.
The Writ of Habeas Corpus (ad subjiciendum), also known as the Great Writ, has its origin in Fourteenth Century England.
Congress' failure to make clear in the Military Commissions Act that detainees could seek the protection of the Great Writ forces the court to wrestle with the question of whether such an avenue of appeal is offered by the Constitution itself.
Traceable to its inclusion in the Magna Carta of 1215 and frequently termed "The Great Writ," habeas corpus literally means "you have the body.