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What is 'petitioning'?
 
What are the origins of the right to petition?
 

The right to petition reaches back at least to the Magna Carta in 1215. The English Declaration of Rights in 1689 confirmed that subjects were entitled to petition the king without fear of prosecution.

 
 
What does the petition clause in the First Amendment guarantee?
 
Can government entities besides Congress restrict petitioning?
 
What must the government do in response to petitioning?
 
Are SLAPP suits illegal?
 
Is lobbying considered a form of petition?
 
Do anti-SLAPP laws apply to online libel suits?
 
Do prisoners have access to law libraries and legal advisers as part of the freedom to petition?
 
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