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Ex Parte Merryman
United States Circuit Court for the District of Maryland
17 F. Cas. 144 (1861)
John Merryman (defendant) was a lieutenant in the Maryland militia. Merryman was arrested and accused of destroying railroad bridges to prevent Union troops from traveling through Baltimore. Merryman filed a writ of habeas corpus, which President Lincoln had suspended.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Taney, C.J.)
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