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This is from Wikipedia :
A writ of habeas corpus is a summons with the force of a court order, addressed to the custodian (a prison official for example) demanding that a prisoner be taken before the court, and that the custodian present proof of authority, allowing the court to determine if the custodian has lawful authority to detain the person. If the custodian does not have authority to detain the prisoner, then he must be released from custody.

If someone doesn't have authority to detain, why would they do then? At least police wouldn't do it. What am I missing here? Please guide me. Thanks.
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Hi,

You think that polce officers never make mistakes? Or never exceed their authority?

Clive
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CliveHi,You think that polce officers never make mistakes? Or never exceed their authority? Clive
Thanks, Clive.

that the custodian present proof of authority, allowing the court to determine if the custodian has lawful authority to detain the person.
This part implies to me if the court is asking a policeman to show his/her identification to determine if he/she is a 'real' policeman. In my very humble opinion (which could be grossly wrong) it should something like "that the custodian present proper evidence(s) or proof(s) on the basis of which the custodian has detained the detainee...". Now please guide me.
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that the custodian present proof of authority, allowing the court to determine if the custodian has lawful authority to detain the person.


This part implies to me if the court is asking a policeman to show his/her identification to determine if he/she is a 'real' policeman. In my very humble opinion (which could be grossly wrong) it should something like "that the custodian present proper evidence(s) or proof(s) on the basis of which the custodian has detained the detainee...". Now please guide me. Yes, that's the idea. The focus is on whether the poice have detained you legally.
For example, habeas corpus prevents a situation where the police put you in jail for a year without figuring out what crime to charge you with, if any.

Clive
Thank you, Clive.

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Jackson
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