a writ requiring a person to be brought before a judge or court, especially for investigation of a restraint of the person's liberty, used as a protection against illegal imprisonment.
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How to use habeas corpus in a sentence
To do that, the activists are relying on the writ of habeas corpus, a legal protection for imprisoned people.In a Legal First, a Court Will Decide if an Elephant Deserves the Same Rights as a Person | Melissa Chan | October 21, 2021 | Time
An appellate court later that year also denied habeas corpus relief to Happy.In a Legal First, a Court Will Decide if an Elephant Deserves the Same Rights as a Person | Melissa Chan | October 21, 2021 | Time
The prisoner, Abu Zubaydah, who has never been charged with a crime, has been waiting 14 years for a federal judge to rule on his habeas corpus petition that challenges the legality of his detention.Will the United States Officially Acknowledge That It Had a Secret Torture Site in Poland? | by Raymond Bonner | October 1, 2021 | ProPublica
The Supreme Court in 2008 ruled that noncitizen detainees at the prison have the right, known as habeas corpus, to go to court to challenge their detention.Appeals court appears reluctant to say Guantánamo detainees have due process rights | Ann Marimow, Missy Ryan | September 30, 2021 | Washington Post
I will fight if someone tries to take away from me and those I love the rule of law, trial by jury, the writ of habeas corpus, and a government with nobody above the law.
They hate that Lincoln suspended habeas corpus; they never note that Jefferson Davis did, too.The Rancid Abraham Lincoln–Haters of the Libertarian Right | Rich Lowry | June 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The ringleader was Willie Mak, and he got the death penalty, a sentence later overturned in federal habeas corpus proceedings.Robert Bales, Accused in Afghan Deaths, Hires Flashy Lawyer John Henry Browne | Winston Ross | March 19, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Greenpeace and student activists were outlawed and habeas corpus was suspended.
Now, if you please, Senator McCain, in the spirit of habeas corpus, show me the body.
English act of habeas corpus passed; the act suspending it was repealed, probably forever, 1818.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
One of the most familiar actions is habeas corpus, which is employed to recover a person's liberty from illegal restraint.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
First of all, he brought an action—a writ of habeas corpus, I think—to recover his daughter, as an English subject.Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
On the presentation of the first report of the committee the government brought in a bill to suspend the habeas corpus act.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
It robs men of the jury trial, it robs them of habeas corpus, and forty other things.The Duty of Disobedience to the Fugitive Slave Act | Lydia Maria Child
British Dictionary definitions for habeas corpus
law a writ ordering a person to be brought before a court or judge, esp so that the court may ascertain whether his detention is lawful
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Cultural definitions for habeas corpus
A legal term meaning that an accused person must be presented physically before the court with a statement demonstrating sufficient cause for arrest. Thus, no accuser may imprison someone indefinitely without bringing that person and the charges against him or her into a courtroom. In Latin, habeas corpus literally means “you shall have the body.”
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