The Magna Carta, or Great Charter, turns the ripe old age of 800 on Monday, June 15th. It’s considered a seminal building block of democracy because simply put, it established that everyone is subject to the rule of law. King John of England was forced to sign it in 1215 to appease a growing rebellion. The Magna Carta states, quote: “No free man shall be seized or imprisoned except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land. Now joining us to discuss this is someone who knows a little bit about the rule of law and how it’s applied today, Michael Ratner. Michael is the President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, and the U.S. attorney for Julian Assange. He’s also a board member for The Real News Network.