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Area judges share experience at 100 Black Men event

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Honoring the accomplishments of students, educating the public about the judicial process and thanking organizations committed to the community were central themes at the 100 Black Men of Greater Beaumont scholarship dinner banquet.

A panel discussion with area judges about the differences in the various court systems and issues germane to criminal justice field was a part of the Friday program.

Panelists included 172nd State District Judge Donald Floyd, 58th state District Judge Bob Wortham, County Court at Law No. 3 Judge John Paul Davis and County Court at Law No. 2 Judge G.R. “Lupe” Flores.

During a brief discussion about the jury system, Wortham said as a whole, minorities do not participate by showing up once they have been summoned for jury duty. He urged people at the event to tell others to serve, ensuring the accused gets a jury of his or her peers who actually have a say-so in the matter.

Justice of the Peace Ransom “Duce” Jones delivered the keynote and urged the students in the audience to continue their education and be committed to making the grade.

At the event, the non-profit organization awarded savings bonds to seven area students who won an essay contest. Their names will appear on Monday’s Applause page in The Enterprise.

The bonds are a way to encourage kids to start saving and invest in their futures, president Vernon Durden said.

He added that not only will the student benefit, but families will learn to save as well.

The four major cornerstones of the organization are mentoring, economic development, health/wellness and education.

SOURCE: The Beaumont Enterprise

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Written by Symphony

April 17, 2008 at 8:19 pm

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