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Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Article 19

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 19 posted on Jan 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 legislative body, by the way   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 19

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Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 18 posted on Jan 18

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Article 18

Responsibility of Maintaining a Free Government Article 18 (1780) A frequent recurrence to the fundamental principles of the constitution, and a constant adherence to those of piety, justice, moderation, temperance, industry, and frugality, are absolutely necessary to preserve the advantages of liberty, and to maintain   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 18

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 17 posted on Jan 17

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Article 17

Right to Keep and Bear Arms Article 17 (1780) The people have a right to keep and to bear arms for the common defence. And as, in time of peace, armies are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be maintained without the consent of   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 17

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 16 posted on Jan 16

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Article 16

Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Speech Article 16 (1780) The liberty of the press is essential to the security of freedom in a state: it ought not, therefore, to be restrained in this commonwealth. Article of Amendment, Article 77 (1948) Article 16 of the   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 16

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 15 posted on Jan 15

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Article 15

Right to a Jury Trial in Civil Suits Article 15 (1780) In all controversies concerning property, and in all suits between two or more persons, except in cases in which it has heretofore been otherways used and practiced, the parties have a right to a   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 15

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 14 posted on Jan 14

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Article 14

Search and Seizure Article 14 (1780) Every subject has a right to be secure from all unreasonable searches, and seizures, of his person, his houses, his papers, and all his possessions. All warrants, therefore, are contrary to this right, if the cause or foundation of   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 14