Foreign News: Atkin Dissenting

If a nation values anything more than freedom it will lose its freedom.

—Somerset Maugham.

Traditional among democratic freedoms is habeas corpus, established in England by the Magna Charta, in the U.S. by the Constitution. It gives imprisoned men the right to demand that either they be set free or the charges against them be examined. Without it, civil liberty ceases.

In London last week the right to habeas corpus was stoutly defended, war or no war, by bald, handsome James Richard Baron Atkin, 74, in a dissenting opinion likely to rank with some of those of the late great Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.

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