A few days ago

can someone help me with this line?

That the colonies are entitled to the common law of England, and more especially to the great… privilege of being tried by their peers, according to… that law….

What does it mean

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The colonies should be under the same laws as England.

This includes being tried by their equals (rather than being judged by a panel of three Lords or something).

In the US, this is the common trial by jury, where the jury get chosen from a pool of other common citizens.


A few days ago
They believed that the same rules that governed England should also apply to the colonies. And that the residents of the colonies have the same rights as the people living in England because they are all run by the same government. The sentence is talking about the right to have a trail where the verdict and sentence are decided by a jury of the accused persons peers.