Habeas Corpus

ha·be·as cor·pus /?’h?b??’sk?rp?s, -bi?’-, -k?(?)p-?/ noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin, literally, you should have the body (the opening words of the writ)
1 : any of several common-law writs that have for their object the bringing of a party before a court or judge and that are issued out of court or awarded by a judge in vacation; especially : HABEAS CORPUS AD SUBJICIENDUM 2 : the right of a citizen to obtain a writ of habeas corpus as a protection against illegal imprisonment

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