The importance of Habeas Corpus
The court system in America has done an incredible job of detaining individuals that pose potential harm to society. Unfortunately, many persons have been imprisoned wrongfully. One would tend to believe that the judicial system is swift and final; however, there is a term called Habeas Corpus that allows for a second review of an imprisoned party. Habeas Corpus or the writ of Habeas Corpus orders an official of the government to produce a prisoner and justification for the person’s detention (XRefer, 2010). The Habeas Corpus would be the logical method to use when a prisoner’s appeal options are exhausted. To convey adequately the importance to the Habeas Corpus, I will compare the lines of the need for justice and the need for finality. In addition, I will explain my determination on whether federal courthouses should be reopened to state prisoners or remain as they are now.
In a society the need for justice is extreme. If a sibling is killed, the sibling’s family excepts speedy justice to ensue. The need for this justice may often time blind individuals of the process that must occur before this justice can be achieved. Individuals that have been a victim of a prisoner in jail may not necessarily want the prisoner to have the right to Habeas Corpus. Victims may feel that justice is being served even if the prisoner was put in jail rather quickly. One would agree that the victims in a case are entitled to sense of justice, but for every argument there are two sides.
Sitting in the opposing side, one finds the need for finality. Safely said, one would not desire conviction without being able to have a final argument of their innocence. An ideal scenario where there was a need for finality was in the case of Sami AL-Arian. Al-Arian served almost three years in jail in waiting of trial. The jury did not provide a conviction on any of the counts brought up against him. Surprisingly, he remained...