Published on August 27, 2014
2 " I am currently living in t e Nor t . I a ended t e Press brie ng for Lincoln: " Lincoln declares, “ I hereby declare t at habeas corpus is now suspended! ” Now, at t at moment, many looked around, not knowing what t is meant. We l , I turned t e lady nearest me and explained what t is meant. I said, “ Habeas Corpus is t e law t at a person must be charged wi t a crime before he/she is t rown in jail. Af r charged wi t a crime, t e criminal must appear in court for a ial for t e ac ons commi ed. However, now t at Lincoln has suspended t is, now anyone can be t rown in jail, even if accused unjustly. ” " T e next day, I saw t is put in ac on. Lincoln t rew John Merryman in jail. Merryman was a Maryland secessionist. He was encouraging people leave t e Union. Lincoln ’ s goal was keep t e Union ge t er and wi t Merryman l ing o t ers leave, Lincoln felt t rea ned. When I heard of Lincoln ’ s ac on, I felt t is was a li le harsh. Lincoln should have been able keep people in t e Union because of t e people liking him, not because of t e nega ve words said against him by a easurer in Maryland. " " " "