The Maryland Declaration of Rights contains 46 articles that are intended to describe the fundamental rights of humankind. It was intended not to be revolutionary but to reaffirm the traditional rights afforded by English law.1 The Maryland Declaration of Rights was originally patterned on the May 27, 1776, draft of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. But the Maryland Declaration of Rights of 1776 was no mere copy; it was the result of a careful and thoughtful borrowing process.2 From that first draft, produced by the Maryland convention on August 27, 1776, there...
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