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HBA-DC Expresses Concern Regarding Construction of Law Enforcement Pavilions Near Courthouse Steps

Tuesday, April 5, 2016  

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund recently announced that it has secured financing to build an underground national museum honoring police in Judiciary Square across E Street NW from the memorial.  While the Museum is slated to be built mostly underground, plans call for the construction of twin entrance pavilions to the Museum at the courthouse plaza.  


Chief Judge Eric T. Washington of the D.C. Court of Appeals wrote an Op-Ed in the Washington Post expressing concern for the location of the entrance pavilions.  On March 21, 2016, HBA-DC wrote a letter to the Washington Post expressing support for the concerns of expressed by Chief Judge Washington.  HBA-DC strongly supports building the future National Law Enforcement Museum in our nation’s capital.  However, like Chief Judge Washington, HBA-DC believes that the size, orientation and proximity of the entrance pavilions to the courthouse steps can affect the public’s perceptions of judicial independence.  


You can read the HBA-DC’s letter here.

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