U.S. Supreme Court
In re Grimley, 137 U.S. 147 (1890)
In re Grimley
Submitted October 21, 1890
Decided November 17, 1890
137 U.S. 147
APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED
STATES FOR THE DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS
Civil courts may inquire, under a writ of habeas corpus, into the jurisdiction of the court over the party condemned, but cannot inquire into or correct errors in its proceedings.
An enlistment is a contract between the soldier and the government which involves, like marriage, a change in his status which cannot be thrown off by him at his will, although he may violate his contract.