Abraham Lincoln Habeas Corpus Essay

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Lincoln’s suspension of Habeas Corpus In 1861 of April, Abraham Lincoln suspended the Habeas Corpus. “Habeas Corpus is a writ requiring a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court.”(Webster's dictionary) What he had done was very Unconstitutional, unlawful, and caused many people to dislike him. Lincoln arrested those from the south, and made it where they didn’t have to go in front of court or a judge. The judge had ordered Lincoln to bring the people in front of him, but Lincoln and the military refused, and kept doing what they were doing. Should a president be able to do whatever they want? I think “you should do unto others as you would have them do unto you. ( Matthew 7:12) I am here to argue that Lincoln was…show more content…
He was elected for president on November 6th, 1860. Many people thought he was a good person, and many also thought he was a bad person. The Civil started in 1861 to 1865. He had led the Civil to Victory, and also ended slavery in America. When Lincoln suspended Habeas Corpus, he caused a lot of chaos. Many people started talking about him, and how bad he was as a president and a leader of the Civil war. On May 25th of 1861, a state legislator known as John Merryman was arrested by Lincoln and his military. This was going against the Constitution. He was arrested at his home in Maryland. He had supposedly been caught burning rail bridges prevent room for the Northern troops to come through the city. As you may know, the Habeas Corpus says that a person under arrest must be brought before a judge or into court. Lincoln didn’t obey anyone or the constitution at this time of the Civil War. Chief justice of the supreme court, also the judge had ordered Lincoln and the military to bring John Merryman before him. Lincoln and the military both refused to listen to him and kept doing what they were doing. The judge obviously didn’t like what they had done. They were suppose to bring whoever they arrested into court or in front of a judge. Lincoln had arrested about 13,000 people which means thats about how many times he went against the Constitution. After this was done,
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