Due Process Institute is proud to announce the launch of Clause 40 Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit charitable organization, whose mission is to honor, preserve, and promote the due process rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution by supporting public education, events, research, and litigation.
Please JOIN US today by making a donation of $40 for our namesake clause as a symbol of your commitment to our core Constitutional values.
The Constitution is a spare document. If created in our modern era, it would only take up approximately 15 pages of text. One very powerful principle underlies the document's solemn aspirations to establish justice and to secure the blessings of liberty. That principle is called due process.
Specifically, the Fifth Amendment mandates that the federal government not deprive anyone of "life, liberty or property without due process of law." The 14th Amendment requires the same of state governments. This concept of due process is comprised of two separate promises--first, that the government must operate within the law and second, that the government must provide fair legal procedures to its people.
The promise of due process was first enshrined in document form in the 13th Century in Clauses 39 and 40 of the Magna Carta:
Clause 39: No persons shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of their rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of their standing in any way, nor will we proceed with force against them, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of their equals or by the law of the land.
Clause 40: To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.
These promises are as relevant today as they ever were. That's why the name of this organization carries the name of one of these original guarantees.
We are a new nonprofit 501 (c)(3) nonpartisan organization (tax exempt status approved) whose mission is to honor, preserve, and promote the due process rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution through public education, events, research, litigation, and more.
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