In my last post for 2010, I wanted to direct everyone's attention to an upcoming article in The Nation. It's entitled, "The Gutted Writ: On Habeas Corpus". The article talks about how habeas corpus rights for state prisoners have been receding over the years.
The main storyline in the article concerns a state prisoner out of Louisiana, Wilbert Rideau, who obtained habeas relief twice when he was on death row. He eventually had his conviction reduced from first-degree murder and has now been released. The title of this post is a quote of his from the article. The full quote is: "I'm only here today because of habeas corpus," he said in a recent interview. "It saved my life."
The other main thread in the article is a discussion of a recently published book about habeas corpus: Habeas Corpus: From England to Empire by Paul Halliday. Okay, I'll admit, I have not read it yet. But I will. Let's make it a resolution for next year.*
*Wikipedia says that this type of promise counts as a new year's resolution, which includes a commitment to a project. The project - read the book.
The Nation article is highly-recommended reading. It will be a good way to usher in the new year in habeasland.