Chief Justice rules against Lincoln


"The Civil War - Episode One: The Cause (1861)" (habeas corpus suspended @ 1:08:16)

(Monday, May 27, 1861) — Chief Justice William B. Taney ruled today that the military arrest of John Merryman in Maryland violated the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus and President Lincoln didn’t have the authority to suspend this privilege.

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