East Texas attorneys honor Declaration of Independence with a public reading

Published: Jul. 3, 2015 at 12:33 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 3, 2015 at 12:38 AM CDT
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Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

With Fourth of July celebrations beginning for many across the United States, attorneys from local East Texas communities met Thursday to reflect and commemorate the reason we have something to celebrate this Independence Day holiday.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Angelina and Nacogdoches county attorneys, along with members of the "Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association" from across the state, met Thursday, July 2nd to read out loud to the public the Declaration of Independence.

According to the National Archives and John Adams in his writing, July 2, 1776, is also the day the Continental Congress voted for independence.

Attorney Al Charanza, of Angelina County, and attorney Sean Hightower, of Nacogdoches, read from the Declaration of Independence alongside other lawyers—as a reminder no freedom should be taken for granted.

"Our Declaration of Independence establishes that our government is a system of checks and balances, said Nacogdoches lawyer Tim James. "Our government is designed to prevent abuses of government power. As long as we have good and credible judges like we have here in Nacogdoches County the defense bar and the state are going to be equal footings."

The attorneys describe the Declaration of Independence as the most well-known statement on human rights ever published or adopted by a government.