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habeas corpus

[hā′bē·əs kôr′pəs]
Etymology: L, you have the body
a right retained by all psychiatric patients that provides for the release of individuals who claim they are being deprived of their liberty and detained illegally. A hearing for this determination takes place in a court of law, where the patient's sanity may be at issue.
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Although the Habeas Corpus Act lacked direct application in the American Colonies, colonial courts granted the writ according to common-law principles because Americans asserted the privilege as one of "the rights of Englishmen" to which they were entitled.
For a discussion of the legislative history of the 1867 Habeas Corpus Act, see Stephen A.
But the Habeas Corpus Act allowed a person convicted of a crime in state court to request a writ of habeas corpus from a federal court, based on a showing that the person's incarceration violated the U.
In 1758, the House of Lords rejected a bill that would have both extended the procedural protections of the Habeas Corpus Act of 1679 to noncriminal cases and allowed prisoners to controvert the truth of the facts stated in returns in noncriminal cases.
In so holding, the Supreme Court rejected the government's claim that its jurisdiction had been eliminated as respects pending cases by the Habeas Corpus Act of 1868 (15 Stat.
74) In this respect, Bator argued, habeas corpus in this country mirrored the quite circumscribed English writ secured by the Habeas Corpus Act of 1679.
truest sense how many die in It is just over a week since the 331st anniversary of another hugely important date: the enacting of the Habeas Corpus Act of 1679.
200 YEARS AGO: The Attorney-General moved for leave to bring in a Bill for the further suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act.