habeas corpus


constitutional law



Habeas corpus is a Latin legal phrase meaning “you have the body.”

A writ of habeas corpus generally is a judicial order forcing law enforcement authorities to produce a prisoner they are holding and to justify the prisoner’s continued confinement.

Federal judges receive petitions for a writ of habeas corpus from state prison inmates who say their state prosecutions violated federally protected rights in some way.

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Last Modified: 09/15/2018

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