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HABEAS CORPUS DE 1679 APROBADO LORD GORDO

Habeas Corpus, 1679, una grasosa concepción de la democracia

La ley inglesa de Habeas Corpus, que le concede a los detenidos el derecho a reclamar judicialmente las decisiones de la autoridad, fue aprobada en 1679 luego de que Lord Grey contara por diez el voto de un lord muy gordo. El asunto comenzó como un chiste, pero al notar que su contraparte en el recuento -Lord Norris- no estaba atento lo dejó así.

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Ivor Jennings. "Parliament". Ed. Cambridge University Press, 1957 https://books.google.cl/books?id=CxI8AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA237 "Lord Grey and Lord Norris were named to be the tellers: Lord Norris, being a man subject to vapours, was not at all times attentive to what he was doing: so, a very fat lord coming in, Lord Grey counted him as ten, as a jest at first: but seeing Lord Norris had not observed it, he went on with this misreckoning of ten: so it was reported that they that were for the Bill were in the majority, though indeed it went for the other side: and by this means the Bill passed"