WACO, TX — Members of the McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association gathered in front of the McLennan County courthouse this morning for a reading of the Declaration of Independence.
The ceremony was part of a statewide effort by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association to hold readings at courthouses across the state. The reading of the Declaration of Independence was followed by a reading of the Bill of Rights and serves as a reminder of the founding principles of the country.
“The fact that we are a people that are governed by words and those documents and not by a monarch in England or any tyrant,” said David Bass, a criminal defense lawyer in Waco. “So, as principled people those are our guiding rules and things we live by and what should be established every single day in this courthouse and every courthouse in the country.”
After the reading of the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights, the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association had copies of the United States Constitution for all who attended.