Hebeas Corpus: The Great Writ

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Introduction Habeas Corpus, also called The Great Writ, has evolved overtime. It’s origins date back to 1305 when it first appeared. Simply put, Hebeas Corpus is latin for “ you have the body” which is the literal translation. Hebeas Corpus is a writ or order from a judge to someone detaining a prisoner, to bring that person to a specific place and time to determine rather that person has been unlawfully detained and has been given due process. (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 2011) As stated previously, Habeas Corpus has evolved. These days, the writ is being used as an appeal to federal courts when a prisoner feels their constitutional rights have been violated. Again, Hebeas Corpus has been dated back as far as 1305. The English…show more content…
For example, if a person is detained by law enforcement, law enforcement are not able to torture this person for information they seek. All people have civil liberties of freedom of torture. The police also aren’t able to illegally or forcefully abduct a person to quiet them down etc. (There have been claims for activist of every kind that they were forcefully detained a prison to shut them up). Hebeas Corpus protect a lot of individual rights and liberties so that people can’t be taken advantage of and abused from anyone that feels they have the right to do…show more content…
In its confines, lie at least 169 prisoners who hope to challenge their confinement under Hebeas Corpus. The prisoners of Guantanamo Bay hope to have their petitions granted, however, due to them being aliens and not being placed on US soil, these petitions are not granted and it was decided that the prisoners of Guantanamo don 't even have the right to petition the courts. Under the Detainee Treatment Act, the prisoners aren’t given the rights to petition the courts and they eliminated those actions with this act. This act was passed in 2005, however, under the Military Commissions Act, detainees are given a chance to plead their case, which tend to be about allegations of war crimes and to determine if an individual is an enemy combatant. However, a detainee still has access to the federal courts to determine his/her status as an enemy combatant or war crimes convict under the Detainee Treatment Act. (A
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