A Dictionary of American History

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Author: Thomas L. Purvis  | Date: 1995

Ex Parte Merryman

Ex Parte Merryman In 1861, while acting in his capacity as a circuit judge, Chief Justice Roger Taney issued a writ of habeas corpus for John Merryman, who was imprisoned in Md. by military authorities as an active rebel. When the army refused to release Merryman, Taney filed this opinion declaring that only Congress, and not the Executive Department, could suspend habeas corpus, and castigating the suppression of civil rights by military force. US authorities continued to refuse the writ of habeas corpus to rebel sympathizers arrested throughout the Civil War. The full Supreme Court declined to rule on this issue, or rejected cases as in Ex Parte Vallandigham, until after the war, when it issued Ex Parte Milligan.

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Chicago: Thomas L. Purvis, "Ex Parte Merryman," A Dictionary of American History in A Dictionary of American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell Reference, 1995), Original Sources, accessed January 22, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PWHMU5Z5BRCG43C.

MLA: Purvis, Thomas L. "Ex Parte Merryman." A Dictionary of American History, in A Dictionary of American History, Cambridge, Mass., Blackwell Reference, 1995, Original Sources. 22 Jan. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PWHMU5Z5BRCG43C.

Harvard: Purvis, TL, 'Ex Parte Merryman' in A Dictionary of American History. cited in 1995, A Dictionary of American History, Blackwell Reference, Cambridge, Mass.. Original Sources, retrieved 22 January 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PWHMU5Z5BRCG43C.