Today in History: September 24, 1862

Lincoln Suspends Writ of Habeas Corpus

President Abraham Lincoln suspends the writ of habeas corpus to detain Confederate sympathizers. Under the U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 9, the right to a writ of habeas corpus -- a legal tool used to challenge the legality of a prisoner's detention -- may be suspended "when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it."