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Professor to discuss Great Emancipator and use of habeas corpus in the wake of Civil War

"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," is currently on display at Hudson Valley Community College's Marvin Library.
"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War," is currently on display at Hudson Valley Community College's Marvin Library.
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Some people may view Abraham Lincoln’s expansion of executive powers, in particular his suspension of habeas corpus during the Civil War, as a blot on his presidency. Albany Law School professor Paul Finkelman, however, would beg to differ. “Lincoln needed to suspend habeas corpus because at that time there was no other alternative,” said Finkelman, referring to the legal action which requires any person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court, ...


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