Published on August 28, 2014
! Suspension of Habeas Corpus ! ! I am here at the Press brieng moments after President Lincoln announced the suspension of habeas corpus; the part of the Constitution that states that all men have the right to a trial before he is put in prison. This suspension is perfectly legal under the Constitution during a time of rebellion, which the United States seems to be under at the moment. The recent uproar involves John Merryman, a native of Baltimore, Maryland. Merryman has recently been destructing bridges and railroads in order to persuade Maryland to join the secession. Due to riots caused by Merryman’s actions, he has been arrested for treason and the supposed actions of burning bridges, attacking troops preventing them from protect Washington, and the order of the destruction of telegraph lines. In my opinion, Lincoln has the right to suspend habeas corpus in this time of rebellion, but I am not sure that he should have gone to extreme measures including the charges of attacking troops and destroying telegraph lines. I think Lincoln was right to arrest the man before he could do anymore harm to anything or anyone, but I don’t know about all the other charges. ! ! ! ! pg. 2 sources: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/j/jala/2629860.0029.205/--lincoln-s-suspension-of-the- writ-of-habeas-corpus?rgn=main;view=fulltext ! ! http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/tu_merryman_bio_merryman.html ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !