The Raleigh Standard, 31 Dec. 1862 -- We learn that MR. W. C. LOFTIN, of Lenoir County, N. C., was taken through this City, on Sunday last, under a Confederate guard, to be lodged in the Bastile at Salisbury. The charge against him is that he crossed the lines and went to Newbern, and that he gave aid and comfort to the enemy, and probably took the oath. MR. LOFTIN, we learn, denies that he took any oath. He says he went to Newbern to endeavor to recover his negroes, and that he was promised them in case he would take the oath to Lincoln's government, which he says he refused to do. He was arrested by GEN. ROBINSON. MR. BADHAM, of this City, obtained a writ of habeus corpus in the case from JUDGE SAUNDERS, on Sunday night, and left on Monday evening for Salisbury, to take the necessary steps for investigation. If MR. LOFTIN is guilty, let him be punished; if innocent, let him go free. Additional Comments: * Note: The editor of the paper points out in other editions that the military had begun making summary arrests, without regard to civil laws. The Raleigh Standard, Jan. 7, 1863 MORE MILITARY DESPOTISM We stated recently that MR. W. C. LOFTIN, of Lenoir, had been arrested by the Confederate military authorities and consigned to the Bastille at Salisbury, and that MR. BADHAM, his counsel, had obtained a writ of habeus corpus in his case from JUDGE SAUNDERS. We now have to state that MR. BADHAM proceeded to Salisbury with the writ, and that CAPT. MCCOY, in command of the Bastille at that place, refused to allow the writ to be executed. He told MR. BADHAM, among other things, that he had two hundred bayonets at his command, and that any attempt to arrest him for refusing to obey the writ, would be resisted. We learn also that COL. FOWLE, MR. BADHAM'S associate counsel, waited on JUDGE SAUNDERS to know what he would do after this resistance to this fiat by this military officer, when the Judge replied that he would take no further steps in the case. We have, therefore, an unmitigated military despotism in our midst, and a Judge who shrinks and cowers before the military power. MR. BADHAM'S card, detailing the facts in the case, will appear in our next. As the conductor of a free press, we commend MR. BADHAM for his fearless discharge of his duty as counsel in this case. The Raleigh Standard: 14 Jan. 1863 THE WRIT OF HABEUS CORPUS RESISTED We publish below the card of MR. BADHAM, of this City, detailing the circumstances attending the resistance of the habeous corpus in the case of MR. LOFTIN. Comment is not necessary in so plain a matter. That great writ is secured by the Constitution and the laws of this State to every person who is arrested and held in prison. Its object is to give a hearing to the suspected party, in order that if good cause exists for is imprisonment shall continue until a trial can be had; and if cause exists, he shall be set a liberty. This was all MR. LOFTIN asked, but this was denied him. We are neighter his champion nor apologist, for we know nothing of the facts in this case, we are simply contending for a great principle as old as civil liberty itself. If MR. LOFTIN has committed treason, or adhered to our enemies, we trust he will be punished, but if he be innocent of this great crime, or any crime, he is entitled to his liberty. He has demanded an investigation of his case, which has been denied him. Meanwhile he languishes in the Bastile at Salisbury under the iron hand of military power, with many others, who have asked in vain that their cases may be investigated. The Judge who issued the writ in his case has backed, and backed, and the judicial ermine has been lowered and dragged in the dust at the feet of a subordinate military office. Additional Comments: Note: This story is a follow-up to two other stories about the arbitrary arrest and imprisonment by military police of W. C. LOFTIN of Lenoir County, for crossing military lines in search of his slaves. The editor argues for the basic constitutional right of freedom from arbitrary arrest and imprisonment. LOFTIN'S counsel was an attorney from Wake County, MR. BADHAM.
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