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Section I 1History Even in prehistoric time there were laws They were passed down to generations by mouth If someone murdered another person it weakened the group The murderer would either be killed kicked out of the group or have to take care of the family of the person they murdered In France during the Middle Ages it was not uncommon to force an accused criminal to submit to a trial by combat The person who was accused of the crime and the person who accused them of the crime fought The person who lost was held to be guilty THE LAWS OF ANCIENT GREEKS DRACO Draco was hired to write new laws because there were thousands of poor people who could not earn a living because of debts they owed Draco set up a specific legal system that had courts to deal with all cases Draco gave people the right to vote who had never been able to vote before The problems with Dracos laws were that the punishments were too strict Death was the punishment for almost any crime even petty theft Any man who did not have a job could not vote If the man with no job was from a foreign country he was killed Any law today that is harsh would be called Draconian because of Dracos cruel punishments SOLAN There seemed to be a revolt forming because of Dracos laws Solan was hired to make new laws Solan was a wealthy man and was known for being honest He traveled to other countries to see what kind of laws the people had there Solan set up a new government that had a Council and an Assembly The Council had four hundred members that were elected by people Citizens who wanted to participate made up the Assembly The trial by jury Solan created was different than ours today Six thousand people were selected to be on the jury for
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