Restoring the fundamental right of habeas corpus, legal scholars say, is crucial to protecting dissent under Donald Trump
December 17, 2016

“Habeas corpus is your constitutional right to challenge your detention in court if the government imprisons you, including for something like alleged association with terrorist groups. It will be vital during Donald Trump’s presidency.

“Habeas corpus dates back to the Magna Carta, the famous charter signed by King John of England in the year 1215 that outlined certain inalienable legal rights guaranteed to all people, and began to define the modern concept of citizenship. The founders recognized the inherent value of habeas corpus, and included it in the Constitution before the Bill of Rights even existed.”

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