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Armed robbery

OJ Simpson, a notorious character unrelated to Homer, was recently arrested in Las Vegas for armed robbery. He will be brought before a judge within 72 hours, and the judge will have to decide if there is sufficient evidence to hold him. The right to habeas corpus of a person arrested in America is, of course, directly related to Magna Carta.

OJ, who would have been known as Jugo de Naranja if he lived in Spain, would have been kept in jail there until the authorities finished investigating his case, which could be six or nine months. Jail is probably the right place for OJ to be, but if you or I were unjustly arrested, we would like to have the right to habeas corpus, now under threat in Britain from the EU.

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