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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

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 13 Posted on Jan 13

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Article 13

Verification of Facts in Criminal Proceedings Article 13 (1790) In criminal prosecutions, the verification of facts in the vicinity where they happen, is one of the greatest securities of the life, liberty, and property of the citizen. Precedents, Following Law, and Quotations Thomas Starkie, A   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 13

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 12 Posted on Jan 12

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 compelled to accuse, or furnish   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 12

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 11 Posted on Jan 11

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Article 11

Access to Justice Article 11 (1780) Every subject of the commonwealth ought to find a certain remedy, by having recourse to the laws, for all injuries or wrongs which he may receive in his person, property, or character. He ought to obtain right and justice   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 11

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 10 Posted on Jan 10

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Article 10

Due Process Article 10 (1780) Each individual of the society has a right to be protected by it in the enjoyment of his life, liberty and property, according to standing laws. He is obliged, consequently, to contribute his share to the expense of this protection;   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 10

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 9 Posted on Jan 9

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Article 9

Right to Vote and Be Elected Article 9 (1780) All elections ought to be free; and all the inhabitants of this commonwealth, having such qualifications as they shall establish by their frame of government, have an equal right to elect officers, and to be elected,   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 9

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 8 Posted on Jan 8

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Article 8

Right to Recall Article 8 (1780) In order to prevent those, who are vested with authority, from becoming oppressors, the people have a right, at such periods and in such manner as they shall establish by their frame of government, to cause their public officers   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 8

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 7 Posted on Jan 7

Massachusetts Declaration of Rights - Article 7

For the Common Good Article 7 (1780) Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men: Therefore the people   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Declaration of Rights – Article 7