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AG Derek Schmidt, Chief Judge William R. Mott to host exhibit on the Magna Carta

Release Date: Jan 25, 2018

WELLINGTON – (January 25, 2018) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Chief Judge William R. Mott will host a local display on the history of the Magna Carta – the 13th century document that set the course for democracy in England, and greatly influenced democracy in the United States.

The exhibit will be on display on the second floor of the Sumner County Courthouse during the month of February. School classes, youth groups, civic clubs and members of the public are invited to visit the display during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“While the Magna Carta began as a series of grievances from barons in medieval England, the fundamental rights that were laid out in that document were later echoed in our own Declaration of Independence, and have been symbolic of liberty and democracy,” Schmidt said. “I encourage civic clubs, educators and other interested citizens to use this opportunity to discuss our civic history and to engage in learning about the precious system of self-government we have inherited from those who came before.”

The Magna Carta has also had great influence on the development of laws.

“Democracy cannot be sustained without informed citizens, and the Magna Carta display is an opportunity to learn or be reminded about the influence of the ‘Great Charter’ to the structure of the American Government,” Chief Judge Mott said.

Schmidt and Mott encouraged all local residents, and particularly students, to visit the display and learn more about the Magna Carta’s legacy. The attorney general and the chief judge also said they would help arrange presentations about civics and the rule of law for civic clubs, school groups and other interested organizations. Those interested in requesting a presentation may contact Marilyn Targos by phone at 620-326-5930 or by email at

The exhibit was produced by the American Bar Association in honor of the Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary in 2015. Although that anniversary has passed, the exhibit is on traveling display. More information about the display and the Magna Carta is available on the attorney general’s website at

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