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Oklahoma Voices: Habeas Corpus as a Tool of Politics (Mar 21, 2011)
University of Oklahoma political science professor Justin Wert's new book Habeas Corpus in America: The Politics of Individual Rights argues that the so-called "Great Writ of Liberty" is as much a tool of politics as it is of law.  The right of prisoners to demand the state justify their detention has been petitioned for by fugitive slaves in the 1850's to Guantanamo detainees in the 21st Century.

Wert's book comes ahead of the University of Oklahoma's first Constitutional Studies Symposium, which will address the topic "Habeas Corpus: Law and Legitimacy in Times of Crisis." The symposium begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Associates Room of the Oklahoma Memorial Union.  A dinner and talk concludes the evening featuring U.S. Court of Appeals, Washington D.C. Circuit Judge A. Raymond Randolph, and Georgetown University Law Professor David Cole.  Cole is a regular contributor to NPR's All Things Considered.

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