Word + Quiz: habeas corpus

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Word + Quiz: habeas corpus

1. a writ ordering a prisoner to be brought before a judge

2. the civil right to obtain a writ of habeas corpus as protection against illegal imprisonment

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The term habeas corpus has appeared in 13 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Oct. 9 in the obituary “Overlooked No More: Mitsuye Endo, a Name Linked to Justice for Japanese-Americans” by Stephanie Buck:

After the forced evacuation of Japanese-Americans, the Japanese American Citizens League, a national group, hired James Purcell, a San Francisco lawyer, to put together a case that would challenge the government and shutter the 10 detention camps it had opened …

… On July 13, 1942, Purcell filed a writ of habeas corpus, arguing, “If you can abrogate certain sections of the Constitution and incarcerate any person without trial or charges just because you do not like his nationality, what is to prevent from abrogating any or all of the Constitution?”

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