Blackstone Award

10:1 Blackstone’s Order

We are told that at the Alamo, a young Lieutenant Colonel by the name of William Barrett Travis Legend gazed out across the Texas prairie at Santa Anna's gathering forces and drew a line in the sand. Then, he asked all those who would stand with him to cross the line. "Talking about freedom," Travis had told them, "is always easier than coming face-to-face with a man who is trying to take it away."

Every day as public defenders and criminal defense lawyers in private practice, we come face-to-face with such men and women. They struggle to exonerate their clients in difficult cases against an oppressive and unbalanced criminal justice system. Moreover, often when they win a pivotal pre-trial motion, an acquittal at trial or a reversal on appeal, there is usually no one there to recognize their efforts. Nevertheless, we must recognize them.  These are the true Freedom Fighters in the never-ending battle to preserve the idea which is the American experiment.

These are the lawyers who remind judges and juries of the collateral damage that occurs to our society if we wage the war on crime with complete disregard to rights of individual liberty that so many have fought and died to preserve. These are the lawyers who implement Blackstone's ratio in the courtroom. These are the lawyers who remind judges, jurors and even skeptical prosecutors that it is "Better that 10 guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer." The vigilance of these lawyers is the price of our liberty.

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E. King Alexander
Niles Haymer
David Anderson
Holli Herrle-Castillo
Wesley Bailey
Marcus Hunter
Mary Katherine Beaird
Charles Kincade
Andre Belanger
Tedrick Knightshead
Juan Bernal
Jessica Lacambra
William Boggs
Ryan LaPorte
Jim Boren
Kara Larson
Franz Borghardt
N'Ghana Lewis Gauf
Graham Bosworth
Guy Lillian, III
Eugene Bouquet
Robert Loque
Beau Brock
Barry Milligan
Danielle Brown
Marquita Naquin
Brett Brunson
Donna Orjuela
Wilford Carter
Ross Owen
Andy Casanave
Letita Parker-Davis
Sean Collins
Joe Perez
Howard Conday
Bryan Racer
Tommy Damico
Elton Richey
Harry Daniels, III
James Ross
Tommy Davenport
Carolyn Sartin
John DiGiulio
Louis Scott
Laurie Earl
Pam Spees
Davidson Ehle
Catherine Stagg
Jim Flammang
Ricky Swift
Thomas Frampton
Robert Toale
Trey Frazier
Jacques Touzet
Anna Friedberg
A. Hays Town, III
Thomas Gernhauser
Nicholas Trenticosta
Robby Gill
Cesar Vazquez
Shelley Goff
Arvind Viswanathan
Alan Golden
Derrick Whittington
Joshua Gordon
Katherine Widhalm Cooper
Broocks Greer
David Williams
Chris Hatch