Today In History- April 27

Today In History- April 27


President of the United States Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus.

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Habeas Corpus suspended as Civil War starts.

  • Washington D.C., USA

In a controversial move in judicial history, on Apr. 27, 1861, Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus.  This practice allowed a person to seek relief from unlawful detention, protecting possible criminals from the unlawful jurisdiction of state action.  Lincoln suspended this right after months of riots against local militia action, mainly against the secession of further states from the Union.

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