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“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”  - Benjamin Franklin

“Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” – Winston Churchill - The Second World War

"All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing." - Edmund Burke

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.  May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” - Samuel Adams, speech at the Philadelphia State House on August 1, 1776.

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Trial by Jury Lessons


Where Did Grand Juries Come From?

They are elements of the “Fundamental Law of the Land” and “Due process of Law” that are memorialized in the Grand Charter (Magna Carta) of 1215 AD which was signed by King John of England at Runnemede.

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Did You Know? (Something Everyone Should Know)

1. Did you know that the Judge is not the Court? One must learn the following paradox; whereas, even though the Court is always where the Judge sits down, the Judge is NOT the "Court". In addition, the Judge is required to uphold the Judicial Machinery of the Court; that is, the Judge's sworn duty is defined by the Court.

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Habeas Corpus: History and Definition

There are two definitions for habeas corpus: one formal and the other substantive. The formal definition may be found in any law dictionary. This essay is about the substantive definition. The substantive definiton of habeas corpus is not found in the dictionaries, but rather, in the history books.

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