From the Back Cover
"An impressive and engaging account of how the Great Writ, designed as a fundamental protector of liberty, has been shaped and misshaped by political forces. Wert's history is a clarion call for a reaffirmation of the writ at its best."--David Cole, author of Terrorism and the Constitution
"An excellent and much-needed study that focuses our attention on the politics that have always surrounded this important right."--Keith E. Whittington, author of Constitutional Interpretation: Textual Meaning, Original Intent, and Judicial Review
"An innovative history of habeas corpus that enhances our understanding of the way in which courts are part of political regimes."--Mark Tushnet, author of Why the Constitution Matters
About the Author
Justin J. Wert is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Oklahoma and recipient of the 2006 American Political Science Association's Edward S. Corwin Award.