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By Judge Rob Krombeen, Williams, AZ
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Freedom for All

Judge Rob Krombeen

While sitting here at my desk this morning, I am able to look up at a framed copy of the Declaration of Independence on the wall in the office, and reflect on the significance of that document and its effect on the history of the world. History tells us that all who signed the Declaration paid a high price for taking a stand for freedom, and so many of those who subsequently fought for our freedom in the ensuing war paid the ultimate price.

Surveys show that most Americans, regardless of political affiliation, have serious concerns about the direction of our country, whether economically, politically, or otherwise. While most of us would agree we have much to be concerned about, the state of our country is a living testimony to the endurance of the freedoms initiated by those who signed the Declaration so many years ago. In fact, freedoms are recognized more today and in many ways, are surpassing what could have even been imagined back in 1776. True, we have concerns about diminishing freedoms and so we must all stand guard to protect those freedoms, whether at the local, state, or national level.

In many ways justice, which is at the forefront of freedom in our country, has improved dramatically in recent decades. Let me give you an example: If you were African-American 40 or more years ago and you faced a criminal charge, particularly in the south, what were your chances of getting a fair trial? Although we are sometimes distressed by headline news of recent Supreme Court decisions, police corruption, or other criminal justice issues, the fact remains that our criminal justice agencies and entities are held to higher standards than ever before, and the vast majority of what goes on day-to-day with criminal justice in this country stands as a protector of our freedoms.

On this 4th of July, I want to thank all of the other criminal justice professionals who serve our communities and take an often unappreciated stand for freedom....

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013
Article comment by: Johnnie Cochran

Where to start? While most are concerned about the right to bear arms, the supreme court has let the police and the courts trample all over the 4th amendment which was supposed to guard against unreasonable searches and seizures.
Example #1
Do you think the founding fathers would have imagined having their blood forcibly withdrawn from their bodies???

Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013
Article comment by: Janice Luke

Awesome, relevant article----so true and so meaningful, and well written. Thank you, Your Honor! I'm an English tutor and Editor and very much appreciate good English these days! JH

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