Published on August 27, 2014
Page 2: Lincoln: I understand the terms of the Habeas Corpus, that every citizen accused of a crime be given a fair trial before a court and judge. Unfortunately, under the terms of distress this war has brought on, I will be suspending the Habeas Corpus on the account of John Merryman. John Merryman, a secessionist from Maryland, has been starting to rile the people of Maryland to succeed to the union. If he succeeds in helping Maryland secede, then the balance of the union and confederacy will tip. We must keep Maryland to win. He will simple go to jail for the duration of the war. ! Reporter: This just in. The Supreme Court has ruled this unconstitutional. Still Lincoln is suspending it, ruling over the Supreme Court. This may not be the wisest choice for the president. It may make the South and those who thought Maryland should secede even more angry. I don’t believe this is the wisest choice. Source: Notes ! !