Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. 4 Wall. 2 2 (). Ex parte Milligan. 71 U.S. (4 Wall.) 2. Syllabus. 1. Circuit Courts, as well as the judges thereof, are authorized, by the. In Ex parte Milligan, the Court held that Presedent Lincoln had violated the In Ex parte Milligan (), the Supreme Court ruled that a prisoner’s ability to. U.S. Supreme Court. EX PARTE MILLIGAN. 71 U.S. 2 (). December Term, Mr. Justice DAVIS delivered the opinion of the court. On the 10th day of.

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On the 10th of that same May,Milligan filed his petition in the Circuit Court of the United States for the District of Indiana, by which, or by the documents appended to which as exhibits, the above facts appeared. But it was not contemplated that such person should be detained in custody beyond a certain fixed period unless certain judicial proceedings, known to the common law, were commenced against him. City Council of Charleston, [n8] was whether a writ of prohibition was a suit, and Chief Justice Marshall says:.

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Pare petition set forth the additional fact that, while the petitioner was held and detained, as already mentioned, in military custody and more than twenty days after his arresta grand jury of the Circuit Court of the United States for the District of Indiana was convened at Indianapolis, his said place of confinement, and duly empaneled, charged, and sworn for said district, held its sittings, and finally adjourned without having found any bill of indictment, or made any presentment whatever against him.

Whether this court has jurisdiction upon the certificate of division admits of more question. It is claimed that martial law covers with its broad mantle the proceedings of this es commission. It was made the duty of the District Attorney of the United States to attend examinations on petitions for discharge. We think that Es had power, though not exercised, to authorize the military commission which was held in Indiana. It mikligan not denied that the power to make rules for the government of the army and navy is a power to provide for trial and punishment by military courts without a jury.

If it is a suit under the 25th section of the Judiciary Act when the proceedings are begun, it is, by all the analogies of the law, equally a suit under the 6th section of the act of The two remaining questions in this case must be millgian in the affirmative.


This court has judicial knowledge that, in Indiana, the Federal authority was always unopposed, and its courts always open to hear criminal accusations and redress grievances, and no usage of war could sanction a military trial there for any offence whatever of a citizen in civil life in mil,igan Page 71 U.

Whether, upon the facts stated in the petition and exhibits, the military commission had jurisdiction legally to try and sentence said Milligan in manner and form, as in aprte petition and exhibit is stated?

Ex Parte Milligan

Hendricks as his legal council. On the 10th day of May,Lambdin P.

Until after such session, no person arrested could have the benefit of the writ, and even then no such person could be discharged except on such terms, as to future appearance, as the court might impose. He very properly appeared, and, as the facts were uncontroverted and the difficulty was in the application of the law, there was no useful purpose to be obtained in issuing the writ.

The only issues considered were whether the military commission’s proceedings were constitutional, and whether Milligan was entitled to a discharge. It is true that it is usual for a court, on application for a writ of habeas corpus, to issue the writ, and, on the return, to dispose of the case, but the court can elect to waive the issuing of the writ and consider whether, upon the facts presented in the petition, the prisoner, if brought before it, could be discharged.

We must inquire, then, what constitutional or statutory provisions have relation to this military proceeding. But we do not put our opinion that Congress might authorize such a military commission as was held in Indiana upon the power to provide for the government of the national forces.

See Text of Ex parte Milligan71 U. Supreme Court and their order in the premises shall be remitted to the Circuit Court and be there entered of record, and shall have effect according to the nature of the said judgment and order: Those courts might be open and undisturbed in the execution.

On the 2d day of January,after the proceedings of the military commission were at an end, the Circuit Court of the United States for Indiana met at Indianapolis and empaneled a grand jury, who were charged to inquire [p] whether the laws of the United States had been violated.


Discover some of the most interesting and trending topics of Supreme Court of the United States. The writ issues as a matter of course, and, on the return made to it, the court decides whether the party applying is denied the right of proceeding any further with it.

The second and third sections limited this suspension, in certain cases, within states where the administration of justice by the Federal courts remained unimpaired. Civil liberty and this kind of martial law cannot endure. The act of so changed the judicial system that the Circuit Court, instead of three, was composed of two judges, and, without this provision or a kindred one, if the judges differed, the difference would remain, 1866 question be unsettled, and justice denied.

We approach the investigation of this case fully sensible of the magnitude of the inquiry and the necessity of full and cautious deliberation. We do not think it necessary to discuss at large the grounds of our conclusions. On the partee day of October,while at home, he was arrested by order of General Mllligan P. Why aver the fact when the truth of the matter was apparent to the court without an averment? The Court case did not consider the charges or the evidence presented in the trial by the military commission.

It is under this provision of law that a Circuit Court has authority to certify any question to the Supreme Court for adjudication. Their extent must be determined by their nature and by milkigan principles of our institutions.

We cannot agree to this. It is in these words: What we do maintain is that, when the nation is involved in war, and some portions of the country are invaded, and all are exposed to invasion, it is within the power of Congress to determine in what states or district such great and imminent public parye exists as justifies the authorization of military tribunals for 18666 trial of crimes and offences against the discipline or security of the army or against the public safety.

Franklin Hudson Publishing Co. And these questions were certified to this court under the provisions of the act of Congress of April 29th,[n4] an act [p9] which provides.