The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, or TCDLA, will honor the Declaration of Independence with public readings across the state on July 3.

The readings will take place in about 140 communities across Texas and will celebrate the 243rd anniversary of independence from Great Britain.

“We are proud to emphasize the patriotism associated with Independence Day,” said TCDLA President Kerri Anderson-Donica in a press release. “TCDLA recognizes the Declaration of Independence as the bedrock document that not only liberated the colonies but eventually led to the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the American rule of law—concepts criminal defense lawyers use every day to protect individual liberties in courthouses across the land.”

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