Habeas corpus is defined as "A writ employed to bring a person before a Court, most frequently to ensure that the person's imprisonment or detention is not illegal.
Black's Law Dictionary 778 (9th ed. 2009).
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.
--April 6, 1859 Abraham Lincoln, Letter to Henry Pierce et al.
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