Lunch and Learn:
Lincoln's Suspension of Habeas Corpus
Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus during the Civil War. This was controversial at the time and continues to spark debate. What were Lincoln's legal and practical justifications for this action? Was he recklessly assuming dictatorial powers or acting out of genuine necessity to save the Union? Is it fair to judge Lincoln by today's standards or should he be evaluated by applying the norms of his time?
These fascinating issues, and others, will be discussed during this lunchtime talk by Connecticut Judge Douglas S. Lavine.
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