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United States Constitution
Texts, Commentaries, Historical Texts and JUDGES AND JUSTICE Decisions
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TEXT AND COMMENTARIES

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CONSTITUTION DAY

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HISTORICAL

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INFLUENCES

    FRANCE: Declaration of the Rights of Man, 1789 in English (The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy) French counterpart to the American "Bill of Rights" drafted by Lafayette with the assistance of  Thomas Jefferson, and approved by the National Assembly of France August 26, 1789.  See also Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen de 1789 (Assemblée Nationale) - in French

    ENGLAND: [English] Bill of Rights of 1689: An Act Declaring the Rights and Liberties of the Subject and Settling the Succession of the Crown (The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy) Provided specific inspiration for American "Bill of Rights" made into law almost a century later. 

    ENGLAND: Exhibit: Magna Carta  (National Archives and Records Administration) The "Great Charter" version of 1297, which despite its original limited application has long been regarded as a foundation for the development of English liberties and political rights. Although King John of England was pressured into signing the first version, in 1215, (see below), and he violated its terms almost immediately, later kings repeatedly were compelled to confirm the limits Magna Carta set on royal powers, and the document proved immensely important hundreds of years after it was initially ignored. Portions are even reflected closely in the U.S. Bill of Rights. A translation of the text of the version of 1297, used to confirm its continuing effect at the coronation of Edward I, is offered at this site along with images of this original document, and commentaries. 

    ENGLAND: Magna Carta, 1215 (The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy) Translated from Latin to English of what is believed to be the first version (from 1215) of the "Great Charter." Includes glossary.

    GREECE: Athenian Constitution by Aristotle (in English) Sir Frederic G. Kenyon's translation of Aristotle on the political structure (or constitution) of the ancient city-Lawyer Information and Law Firm Research Links for The State of Athens, which is usually considered a prime inspiration for the form of government chosen for the United States.

    IROQUOIS: Iroquois Constitution / The Great Binding Law Gayanshagowa (Indigenous Peoples Literature) The English version of the historic Great Binding Law ("Gayanshagowa") of the Iroqouis' Five Nations Confederacy, which is as much a social document as a legal document.

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JUDGES AND JUSTICE DECISIONS

RECENT DECISIONS: Supreme Court Syllabi Search (Cornell LII, Supreme Court Collection) Elsewhere, topics are listed by amendment topic and number; i.e. First Amendment; see Decisions by Topic, 1990 to Present

SUPREME COURT DECISIONS: Attorney Law Office Securities Lawyer U.S. Federal Courts and Decisions (Law ) Includes other links to Supreme Court cases.

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