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Man Tries To Steal Magna Carta

Man Tries To Steal Magna Carta

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A man tried to live out the plot of ‘National Treasure’. Brett Erlich, Erin Gibson, and Mona Shaikh, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

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“Police in Salisbury, England, have arrested a man who, they say, tried to steal the Magna Carta — the 1215 document that established basic tenets of the rule of law. “The Magna Carta has not been damaged and nobody was injured in the incident,” Wiltshire Police said.

The police say the man set off alarms at the Salisbury Cathedral when he tried to shatter the glass shield that protects the Magna Carta. The document was not damaged, police say.

“Only four copies of Magna Carta dating from 1215 have survived the ravages of time and Salisbury Cathedral is proud to be home to the best preserved original manuscript,” the cathedral says.”

Hosts: Brett Erlich, Erin Gibson, Mona Shaikh

Cast: Brett Erlich, Erin Gibson, Mona Shaikh


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  1. Magna Carta Libertatum (Medieval Latin for "the Great Charter of the Liberties"), commonly called Magna Carta (also Magna Charta; "Great Charter"), is a charter of rights agreed to by King John of England at Runnymede, near Windsor, on 15 June 1215.

    First drafted by the Archbishop of Canterbury to make peace between the unpopular King and a group of rebel barons, it promised the protection of church rights, protection for the barons from illegal imprisonment, access to swift justice, and limitations on feudal payments to the Crown, to be implemented through a council of 25 barons.

    Neither side stood behind their commitments, and the charter was annulled by Pope Innocent III, leading to the First Barons' War.

    After John's death, the regency government of his young son, Henry III, reissued the document in 1216, stripped of some of its more radical content, in an unsuccessful bid to build political support for their cause.

    At the end of the war in 1217, it formed part of the peace treaty agreed at Lambeth, where the document acquired the name Magna Carta, to distinguish it from the smaller Charter of the Forest which was issued at the same time.

    Short of funds, Henry reissued the charter again in 1225 in exchange for a grant of new taxes.

    His son, Edward I, repeated the exercise in 1297, this time confirming it as part of England's statute law.

    The charter became part of English political life and was typically renewed by each monarch in turn, although as time went by and the fledgling English Parliament passed new laws, it lost some of its practical significance.

    At the end of the 16th century there was an upsurge in interest in Magna Carta.

    Lawyers and historians at the time believed that there was an ancient English constitution, going back to the days of the Anglo-Saxons, that protected individual English freedoms.

    They argued that the Norman invasion of 1066 had overthrown these rights, and that Magna Carta had been a popular attempt to restore them, making the charter an essential foundation for the contemporary powers of Parliament and legal principles such as habeas corpus.

    Although this historical account was badly flawed, jurists such as Sir Edward Coke used Magna Carta extensively in the early 17th century, arguing against the divine right of kings propounded by the Stuart monarchs.

    Both James I and his son Charles I attempted to suppress the discussion of Magna Carta, until the issue was curtailed by the English Civil War of the 1640s and the execution of Charles.

    The political myth of Magna Carta and its protection of ancient personal liberties persisted after the Glorious Revolution of 1688 until well into the 19th century.

    It influenced the early American colonists in the Thirteen Colonies and the formation of the American Constitution in 1787, which became the supreme law of the land in the new republic of the United States.

    Research by Victorian historians showed that the original 1215 charter had concerned the medieval relationship between the monarch and the barons, rather than the rights of ordinary people, but the charter remained a powerful, iconic document, even after almost all of its content was repealed from the statute books in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Magna Carta still forms an important symbol of liberty today, often cited by politicians and campaigners, and is held in great respect by the British and American legal communities, Lord Denning describing it as "the greatest constitutional document of all times – the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot".

    In the 21st century, four exemplifications of the original 1215 charter remain in existence, two at the British Library, one at Lincoln Cathedral and one at Salisbury Cathedral.

    There are also a handful of the subsequent charters in public and private ownership, including copies of the 1297 charter in both the United States and Australia.

    The original charters were written on parchment sheets using quill pens, in heavily abbreviated medieval Latin, which was the convention for legal documents at that time.

    Each was sealed with the royal great seal (made of beeswax and resin sealing wax): very few of the seals have survived.

    Although scholars refer to the 63 numbered "clauses" of Magna Carta, this is a modern system of numbering, introduced by Sir William Blackstone in 1759; the original charter formed a single, long unbroken text.

    The four original 1215 charters were displayed together at the British Library for one day, 3 February 2015, to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

  2. So, what kind of treasure map is drawn on the back of it?

  3. "Who Cares about stealing the Magna Carta?". That IS about the response I would expect from a TYT host. It is only one of the most important documents in shaping modern western culture. Is is basically the "daddy" of your constitution.

  4. A magna carter is worth about $15 million, so why did she laugh about him not setting his sights too high?


  6. TYT reaches a new low encouraging and laughing about theft of priceless artifacts.

    No response well then I'm correct by default.


  8. The Magna Carta is the basis of English and especially American Law. Its clauses still have resonance today, clause 45 'We shall not make justices, constables, sheriffs or bailiffs who do not know the law of the realm and wish to observe it well – Kavanaugh? It is the most important document regarding individual freedom as guaranteed by law. The Declaration of Independence is built upon the shoulders of the Magna Carta.

  9. This was painful to watch. The woman on the left should be fired immediately followed by the woman in the middle.
    And Brett should be put on probation.

  10. You moron are ignorant of your history. TYT should be ashamed of this one. I am disappointed. But then again your stupid muricans.

  11. While this flippant section may wind a whole load of people up with the panel's seeming ignorance, it's the ignorance on display in the comment section by those triggered by what is in effect an 'and finally' section that worries me most. Just goes to show that the teaching of governance, civics, history and law in school systems across the globe is lacking in many respects.
    Main point of my gripe with the comment section is this: the Magna Carta has NOTHING to do with the procedural legal concept of habeas corpus. Habeas corpus is the recourse in law to report arbitrary detention to a court and request that said court shall order the prisoner to be brought to trial to determine whether the detention is lawful. It is NOT the right to trial, which was clause 39 of Magna Carta (seemingly less important than matters of fishing rights in rivers, contribution of labour by the nobility to certain infrastructure projects and the settling of inheritance in cases of intestacy). Habeas Corpus existed in writ before the signing of the Magna Carta, dating from the Assize of Clarendon drafted approximately 50 years before the first Magna Carta (the Great Charter of 1215) was signed. While it existed as a writ for centuries, habeas corpus was only codified in statute as late as the 17th century.

    The main thrust of why the Magna Carta is historically important in the Anglo-centric world is that it was a first step to the devolution of power from the absolute monarch (the king) to feudal landowners (the nobility and church) in the post-Norman invasion era. Many of the rights enshrined in the document had already been concepts in pre-Norman law and governance during the Saxon/Danish era of English history. It was a contract between the monarch and other landowners.

  12. People in the comments are more fragile than the 800 y/o document XD

  13. How can you claim to have any right to professional political commentary and not understand what the Magna Carta is? That was the single biggest fail I think I've ever seen on any TYT show.

  14. Most TYT types don't know what the Magna Carta is nor what it means. There isn't one word about Trump in this tripe

  15. This seem more of a story of 3 Americans that don't know what the Magna Carta is lol

  16. I like seeing tyt with non trump or political related stories. Its a breath of fresh air. Trump and politics should get 5 minutes a segment a day not 3 hours a piece a day.

  17. And here I thought the dead sea was the saltiest ocean in the world… Don't forget to hydrate yourselves after your done commenting..

  18. Poor … This is the kind of segment I should be paid for watching… Magna Carta's worst ever moment in 900 years

  19. -"Man tries to steal Magna Carta"

    Fox news: "Marijuana?"

    -"no, Magna Cart.."


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