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Define due process and its origins.

According to our text book; "The Due Process is protection against arbitrary deprivation of life, liberty, or property as guaranteed in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments." (Wilson, 2009, p. 33). The origins of the due process can be traced back to 1868 thanks to the fourteenth amendment being ratified that year. What is vital to know about the fourth teen amendment is this "No state shall deprive any person life of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." (Wilson, 2009, p. 33).

When I think of due process the first think that comes to my mind is being arrested. During my research on the topic I found some very interesting information in regards to the due process. I found information that states the term due process is much older than 1868. According to Barnabas D. Johnson

"The phrase "due process of law" originated in a 1355 restatement of the 1215 Magna Carta, by which for the first time in history (at least in relation to the rights of ordinary people) "the government" — in this case, King John of England — was brought "under the law" ... that is, became subject to something called "the law of the land" which he was not empowered to alter in its fundamental character. This is the origin of the concept of "government under law" as distinct from merely "government by laws";" (Johnson, 2005) I found that information to be unique because more people like myself think of that term coming from the 1868, in fact that term is much older than.

Explain how due process protects the accused against abuses by the federal government.

The due process protects us in several ways against abuse by the government creating several clauses such as the free-exercise clause and the establishment clause. I'm going to talk…...

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