Lawyers Read Declaration of Independence

With umbrellas firmly in hand, several lawyers read the Declaration of Independence on the East steps of the State Capitol Thursday morning.

The annual reading is done by criminal defense lawyers across the country ahead of the Fourth of July.

"Why not us to do this public service?" asked local defense attorney Mike Nichols. "Come out no matter what the temperature is and read this document and remind all Americans that this document was not only an act of treason-- 57 people put their lives on the line to sign-- but it was the document that created this great experiment which is the American democracy."

The lawyers like being at the Capitol because it puts them near two courthouses-- the federal building on Allegan Street, and the district court on Michigan Avenue.

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