habeas corpus

Speech by Anthony Gregory

Speech: "Habeas Corpus:

A Double-Edged Sword?"

by Anthony Gregory

Saturday, May 17, 2014

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Peace Rescource Center,  1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside

MC: Tom Lee

Free to the public

The writ of Habeas Corpus is a judicial procedure that in theory supposed to require a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court. However, in practice this requirement is not always imposed. Habeas corpus is a summons with the force of a court order that guarantees against any detention that is forbidden by law. This judicial principle is considered the cornerstone of individual liberty and a free society.

But ordinary citizens are not the only ones who have used this principle. Historically, amoral leaders and unethical governments have used habeas corpus for their own nefarious ends. Why and how this has happened is the subject of Anthony Gregory’s speech.

BIO: Anthony Gregory is the Gilbert I. Collins Fellow at the Independent Institute and the author of the book The Power of Habeas Corpus in America: From the King's Prerogative to the War on Terror (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He appears in the Institute's Independent Watch videos and blogs regularly at The Beacon.

He has written articles for The Atlantic, Washington Times, Bloomberg Business Week, Christian Science Monitor, San Diego Union Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Huffington Post, American Conservative, Human Events, Counterpunch, Antiwar.com, LewRockwell.com, Mises.org, The Freeman, Liberty, Reason.com, Future of Freedom Foundation, The Independent Review, and Journal of Libertarian Studies. He earned his B.A. in American history at the University of California at Berkeley.

This speech is sponsored by Libertarians for Peace of Monterey County, a member of the Peace Coalition of Monterey County. Other sponsors: Sam Adams Forum, Libertarian Party of Monterey County. For more information: lawsam1951@hotmail.com or www.montereycountyLP.org