Ex Parte Yerger
United States Supreme Court
75 U.S. 85 (1869)
Edward Yerger (defendant) was charged with murder and was being held for trial by a military commission, meaning that he would not be tried by a jury. Yerger, who was a private citizen with no military affiliation, filed a writ of habeas corpus with the United States Circuit Court for the Southern District of Mississippi to challenge the legality of his detention. That court denied the writ and remanded Yerger to military custody. When Yerger appealed to the United States Supreme Court, questions arose as to whether the Supreme Court had jurisdiction to issue a writ of habeas corpus in that context.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Chase, C.J.)
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