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Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 20

Legislative functions should be restricted to the Legislature Article 20 (1780) The power of suspending the laws, or the execution of the laws, ought never to be exercised but by the legislature, or by authority derived from it, to be … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 19

Right to Assemble and to Petition the Legislature Article 19 (1780) The people have a right, in an orderly and peaceable manner, to assemble to consult upon the common good; give instructions to their representatives, and to request of the … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 12

Due Process, Right Against Self-incrimination, Right to a Jury Trial Article 12 (1780) No subject shall be held to answer for any crimes or offence, until the same is fully and plainly, substantially and formally, described to him; or be … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 6

Emoluments Article 6 (1780) No man, nor corporation, or association of men, have any other title to obtain advantages, or particular and exclusive privileges, distinct from those of the community, than what arises from the consideration of services rendered to … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 5

Consent of the Governed Article 5 (1780) All power residing originally in the people, and being derived from them, the several magistrates and officers of government, vested with authority, whether legislative, executive, or judicial, are their substitutes and agents, and … Continue reading

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