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Making Habeas Work: A Legal History

Eric M. Freedman


Habeas corpus, known as the Great Writ of Liberty, is a judicial order that requires government officials to produce a prisoner in court, persuade an independent judge of the correctness of their claimed factual and legal justifications for the individual’s imprisonment, or else release the captive. Frequently the officials resist being called to account. Much of the history of the rule of law, including the history being made today, has emerged from the resulting clashes. This book, heavily based on primary sources from the colonial period and the early national period and significant researc ... More

Keywords: Habeas corpus, Great Writ of Liberty, Rule of law, Checks and balances, Terrorism, Domestic violence, Guantanamo Bay, Colonial period, Early national period, New Hampshire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781479870974
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479870974.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric M. Freedman, author
Hofstra University