• Magna Carta and the Constitution – History
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    Magna Carta and the Constitution – History

    This film is a project of the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania in partnership with the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. “Citizenship is every person’s highest calling.” Okay so how many of you already know this story the King starts acting like a tyrant, taxing people without giving them any say in how they’re governed, and throwing them in jail without fair trials. Some of the most important men of the land come together fight back and declare that they won’t be ruled arbitrarily by the king, but by laws that govern everyone. Now if you were thinking of…

  • A Conversation on the Constitution: Jury Service
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    A Conversation on the Constitution: Jury Service

    – THIS VIDEO IS A PROJECT OF THE ANNENBERG FOUNDATION TRUST AT SUNNYLANDS. – WHY IS A JURY TRIAL IMPORTANT? FIRST OF ALL, THE JUDGES IN OUR SYSTEM IN THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL TRADITION HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF AUTHORITY, A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF POWER. WE’VE SET ASIDE STATUTES THAT THE CONGRESS HAS ENACTED. THIS IS AN AWFUL POWER. AND BY ALLOWING THE JURY INTO THE PROCESS, WE SHARE THAT POWER. NOW, WHAT IS IT THAT THE JURY DOES? DOES ANYBODY KNOW– WHAT’S THE JURY DO THAT’S DIFFERENT FROM WHAT THE JUDGE DOES? DOES ANYBODY KNOW? – THE JURY DELIBERATES THE CHARGES, AND IT’S THEIR JOB TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT…

  • Magna Carta and the Constitution
    Articles,  Blog

    Magna Carta and the Constitution

    This film is a project of the Leonore Annenberg Institute for civics of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania in partnership with the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands “Citizenship has every persons highest calling.” Okay so how many of you already know this story. The King starts acting like a tyrant taxing people without giving them any say in how they’re governed and throwing them in jail without fair trials. Some of the most important men of the land come together, fight back and declare that they won’t be ruled arbitrarily by the king but by laws that govern everyone. Now, if you were thinking of…