habeas corpus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n habeas corpus the civil right to obtain a writ of habeas corpus as protection against illegal imprisonment
    • n habeas corpus a writ ordering a prisoner to be brought before a judge
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Habeas corpus (Law) A writ having for its object to bring a party before a court or judge; especially, one to inquire into the cause of a person's imprisonment or detention by another, with the view to protect the right to personal liberty; also, one to bring a prisoner into court to testify in a pending trial.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. you may have the body

Usage

In literature:

The slaves then petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus which came before the Supreme.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 3, 1918" by Various
The Habeas Corpus Act was suspended in England, and in Scotland.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745." by Mrs. Thomson
Mr Sharp lost no time in obtaining a writ of habeas corpus.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 448" by Various
They were imprisoned and were denied the writ of habeas corpus.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 6, 1921" by Various
Habeas corpus, suspension of, iii.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
In those days the decision of any Court or of any judge in habeas corpus proceedings was not final.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 5, 1920" by Various
He sued out a writ of habeas corpus, in consequence of which he was brought up to Westminster Hall.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
I demand counsel; I'm going to have a writ of habeas corpus!
"The Madness of May" by Meredith Nicholson
Habeas corpus proceedings were resorted to and every scheme and plan for delay was brought into play.
"The Mysterious Murder of Pearl Bryan" by Unknown
Soon after Bedard's arrest his friends applied for a writ of habeas corpus; but, owing to the opposition of Craig, this was refused.
"The 'Patriotes' of '37" by Alfred D. Decelles
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In news:

Abraham Lincoln and the Suspension of Habeas Corpus .
In a recent edition of your newspaper (December 4, 2008), a reader opinionated that it was "unconstitutional" to suspend the Writ of Habeas Corpus (Latin for "you have the body.
Limits on Inmates's Habeas Corpus Petitions Illuminate Mood and Agenda of the Justices.
This moving reaffirmation of the so-called Great Writ of habeas corpus was probably the high court's most important civil-liberties decision in my lifetime (and I was born in 1942).
Judge denies Ryan Ferguson habeas corpus.
Abraham Lincoln and the Suspension of Habeas Corpus.
Habeas corpus rescued Walter Rideau from an unjust prison sentence, but during its long history the great writ has been used to muffle the sighs of prisoners as much as to relieve them.
George Terwilliger on habeas corpus.
"You have the body" Prisoners often seek release by filing a petition for a writ of habeas corpus.
Habeas-corpus rights restored to enemy combatants.
Habeas Corpus — Accomplice Liability — Insufficiency of Evidence.
Eliminating habeas corpus for most state prisoners, as Joseph L Hoffmann and Nancy J King urge in "Justice, Too Much and Too Expensive" (Op-Ed, April 17), will destroy thousands of lives.
Habeas Corpus — Jurisdiction — Unexhausted Claim.
Habeas Corpus — Evidence — Writ Improperly Granted.
Suspect in Commerce Stabbing Files Writ of Habeas Corpus .
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