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|Documents |Summary |What was its influence on the Constitution? |
|Magna Carta |The Magna Carta was signed between the Barons of Medieval England and King John. The |The Magna Carta established the right of due process and provided a basis of higher law that could not |
| |Great Charter was signed at Runnymeade near the Windsor Castle and was an attempt by |be altered by executive mandate or legislative acts ("Magna Carta: Cornerstone Of The U.s. |
| |the Barons to prohibit the King from abusing his power over the people ("Magna |Constitution", n.d.). |
| |Carta", 2000-2012).. | |
| |The Magna Carta consists of 63 clauses, many of the clauses address the English legal |Magna Carta: Cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution. (n.d.). Retrieved from |
| |system. It states that every man shall have access to the English legal system | |
| |without fear of costs. It also states that no one will be imprisoned or punished | |
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