- n. a writ ordering a prisoner to be brought before a judge
“So, on the following morning, a writ of habeas corpus was served upon them, requiring the appearance of mother and child before the Court of Admiralty, to show cause why she was taken from the custody of the exhibitor.”
“All admit that this is a case in point, because, as by the action of replevin, the property is taken from the hands of the officer, so by the writ of habeas corpus is the body of the prisoner.”
“Some state judges so captiously disputed the constitutionality of various military laws that the writ of habeas corpus had to be suspended.31”
“Page 14 whole matter is well stated by the Governor in his late Message, in the brief comprehensive, but exact terms -- "The only suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus known to our Constitution and compatible with the provisions already quoted, goes to the simple extent of preventing the release, under it, of persons whose arrests have been ordered, under Constitutional warrants from Judicial Authority.”
The Great Speech of Hon. A.H. Stephens, Delivered Before the Georgia Legislature, on Wednesday Night, March 16th, 1864, to which is Added Extracts prom [sic] Gov. Brown's Message to the Georgia Legislature.
“A writ of habeas corpus was taken out in the course of the forenoon on the petition of Erastus Smith, Esq. of Hartford, for all the other African prisoners returnable before this Court.”
A history of the Amistad captives : being a circumstantial account of the capture of the Spanish schooner Amistad, by the Africans on board; their voyage, and capture near Long Island, New York : with biographical sketches of each of the surviving Africans; also, an account of the trials had on their case, before the district and circuit courts of the United States, for the District of Connecticut
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