Tyler, Texas (FOX51) — Local members of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (“TCDLA”) are planning Annual Fourth of July readings of the Declaration of Independence at over 50 County Courthouses and other public buildings across the state.
In addition, Criminal Defense Attorneys are also organizing readings throughout the nation in Alaska, California, Utah, Colorado, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and in Washington, DC. TCDLA is an organization of lawyers committed to protecting and ensuring by rule of law the individual rights guaranteed by the Texas and Federal Constitutions in criminal cases, and led by its President, Bobby Mims, of Tyler, Texas.
"The Declaration of Independence was the spark that ignited the flame of Democracy that has spread across the world. It is fitting that Americans take a few minutes to remember and be reminded of the principles that made America unique among nations in 1776. The criminal defense lawyers of Texas defend these principles daily in the courts of Texas. The annual reading of the Declaration is an important reminder to our fellow citizens of these cherished principles" expresses Mims.
“We want to honor our country’s founders, as well as our past and present military personnel by reciting the document that embodies our values. Further, we hope to demonstrate our patriotism, and raise awareness to the citizens of this country that they need to remain ever vigilant in the protection of our liberties,” states Gary Trichter, Past President of TCDLA and Attorney in Bandera, Texas.
The readings were first organized in 2010 by Robert Fickman, a Criminal Defense Attorney in Houston, Texas.
That year, a group of fifteen Criminal Defense Lawyers gathered at the Harris County Courthouse. In 2011, the event had grown to more than thirty readers and over 100 spectators in attendance. By 2012, the readings were organized to occur throughout the state and the nation. “Inside courthouses across the country, criminal defense lawyers fight to protect the liberties of our fellow Americans.
So it is only right that the Criminal Defense Bar, stand shoulder to shoulder across this great nation, and hold Readings of the Declaration of Independence. It is a good reminder to each of us of our Oath and Duty.
It is a reminder to all others, that the Criminal Defense Bar has never been more united in our fight against any who would rob our countrymen of their liberty,” relates Fickman.
A local attorney of the Smith County Criminal Defense Lawyers Associaion will be coordinating the Smith County reading at 11:00 a.m., at the Square across from the Smith County Courthouse in downtown Tyler, Texas.