Runnymede, England is a landmark of American law. It is where King John affixed his seal to the Magna Carta eight hundred years ago yesterday. Today the Magna Carta shows up on mugs and t-shirts, as well as in our Bill of Rights.
Handwritten in Latin in 1215, this “Great Charter of Liberties” inspired many basic rights, including due process, habeas corpus, and trial by jury. The Magna Carta embodies the idea that no one, no matter how powerful, is above the law.
Because of its big birthday this year and great influence, the American Bar Association and the Magna Carta Trust have launched a new website to tell the story of the significance of the Magna Carta. You can view the “Magna Carta: Icon of Liberty” website at http://iconofliberty.com/.