Austin, Texas – June 23, 2016—In an historic event in honor of our nation's 240th anniversary, Texas criminal defense lawyers will lead Readings of the Declaration of Independence in EVERY county in the state. On July 1, 2016, members of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA) will lead Readings in 254 Texas counties.
In Lampasas, at 1:15pm this afternoon, on the courthouse steps, that reading will be delivered by Lampasas Attorneys at Law, Paul Harrell and Geron Crumley.
The reading of the Declaration is an annual tradition that was started in 2010 by Houston criminal defense lawyer Robert Fickman, past president of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association (HCCLA). Last year readings took place in 139 Texas counties and this year the effort has been joined by all of the 254 counties of Texas.
The release explains its purpose:
“The Declaration of Independence is our nation’s most cherished symbol of liberty embodying our stand against tyranny. Our founders resisted the illegal and immoral practices of the crown. Today, we continue to fight against the abuses of government: police and prosecutorial overreaching and misconduct. Prosecutors continue to withhold evidence, courts persist in plea mills, police abuse our citizens, and appellate courts engage in intellectual dishonesty to achieve a desired result while disregarding rules of law. Our readings are our reminder to all in the criminal justice system that abuses of power will be exposed and fought by the defense bar.”
To learn more about this effort, www.declarationmap.org.