Habeas corpus is both a powerful government tool to compel a detainee in the judicial process and perhaps the most revered libertarian check against government power in the Anglo-American tradition. The Great Writ, as it has been called, has been an imperfect remedy against tyrannical imprisonment, one badly in need of a justifying principle.

Anthony Gregory is a former Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and author of American Surveillance.
Crime, Criminal Justice, and PrisonsGovernment and PoliticsGovernment PowerLaw and Liberty
Other Independent Review articles by Anthony Gregory
Fall 2014 Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces
Fall 2012 Understanding the U.S. Torture State
Summer 2011 The Struggle to Limit Government