In this scholarly episode of the Liberty Weekly Podcast, I compare Lysander Spooner’s interpretation of the Magna Carta to the modern mainstream interpretation as told by leading British legal historian Ann Lyon.

This is the second entry covering Lysander Spooner’s essay “Trial By Jury.” Listen to the first installment here: Jury Nullification Ep. 56

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Show Notes:

Lysander Spooner “Trial by Jury” Full Text

Bruce L Benson: The Enterprise of Law (Amazon Affiliate Link)

Ann Lyon: Constitutional History of the United Kingdom (Amazon Affiliate Link)

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By Patrick MacFarlane

Patrick MacFarlane is a Wisconsin attorney in private practice. He is the host of the Liberty Weekly Podcast at, where he covers libertarian legal theory, noninterventionist foreign policy, Austrian economics, history, and other libertarian topics. His is a regular contributor at the Libertarian Institute at His work also appears on in the viewpoints section. He may be reached at

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