From the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal comes a report of Texas criminal defense attorneys celebrating Independence Day by reading the document that started it all: the Declaration of Independence.
Quoting from the article:
Members of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyers Association took turns Friday morning on the courthouse lawn reading the grievances against the British King that American colonists listed in a document that became the foundation of a country of people governed and protected by the rule of law.
Chuck Lanehart, a Lubbock attorney, told the dozens of people in the audience that the reading the association members did was similar to how colonists first heard the Declaration of Independence.
“There was no television, there was no radio, there were no telephones, no Twitter, no Facebook,” said Lanehart, one of the organizers of the event. “There were newspapers, but 50 percent of the population could not read. And so broadsides were prepared and brought all across the colonies to places like this, town halls, courthouses, and the Declaration of Independence was read just as we have done today.”
The criminal defense attorneys also read the Bill of Rights, the name given to the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Mr. Lanehart provides a perfect summary of the importance of the two documents:
“Both documents target absolute tyranny,” Lanehart said. “Both documents are designed to protect the people from government excesses. Both documents identify people void of class or privilege, yet demanding righteous human treatment. The Bill of Rights contains the rules, the tools that we as lawyers use every day in this courthouse and in courthouses across the country.”
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