Bush and “per speciale Mandatum Domini Regis”

The mod­ern insti­tu­tion of civ­il and human rights, and par­tic­u­lar­ly the writ of habeas cor­pus, began in June of 1215 when King John was forced by the feu­dal lords to sign the Magna Car­ta at Run­nymede. Although that doc­u­ment most­ly pro­tect­ed “freemen”—what were then known as feu­dal lords or barons, and today known as CEOs and millionaires—rather than the aver­age per­son, it ini­ti­at­ed a series of events that echo to this day. 

Two of the most crit­i­cal parts of the Magna Car­ta were arti­cles 38 and 39, which estab­lished the foun­da­tion for what is now known as “habeas cor­pus” laws (lit­er­al­ly, “pro­duce the body” from the Latin—meaning, broad­ly, “let this per­son go free”), as well as the Fourth through Eighth Amend­ments of our Con­sti­tu­tion and hun­dreds of oth­er fed­er­al and state due process provisions. 

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Cyn is a proud Mommy & Mémé, professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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