Lincoln's Suspension of Habeas Corpus
svladeck at wcl.american.edu
Sun Aug 31 11:30:56 PDT 2008
Well, the longer answer depends on which suspension we're talking about. The one in and around Baltimore that led to Merryman was arguably borne out of military necessity, given the strategic significance of protecting Washington (and the arguable absence of effective civilian government in the area at the time). If one believes that protecting Washington was 'necessary' to protect the Union, then that's perhaps the strongest defense of Lincoln. (Note, though, that General Scott declared Washington "safe" _before_ the suspension occurred).
But the nationwide suspension following the September 24, 1862 proclamation, at least until Congress ratified it via the Habeas Corpus Act of 1863, seems to me on far more dubious footing...
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... I think that was an essay question . . .
On Aug 31, 2008, at 1:04 PM, Paul Finkelman wrote:
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>>>> <RJLipkin at aol.com> 08/31/08 10:28 AM >>>
> Was Lincoln's suspension of habeas corpus necessary in preserving the
> Union? Interpret "necessary" in any way you think appropriate. This
> is a
> straightforward question--meaning I have no idea what the answer is.
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