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The United States legal language includes many Latin terms, including habeas corpus and ex post facto. However, English is not a language that is derived directly from Latin. Why does English contain these words? Because Roman law forms the foundation of the U.S. system, these words were borrowed from Latin. Because many countries in Europe used Latin when the U.S. was founded, the Founding Fathers decided to do so as well. Because Latin-based languages are easily understood, these words help U.S. law to be understood in Europe. Because Roman orators like Cicero were read widely in the 180

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