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Hidalgo Co. Judge to hold court at PSJA schools as part of educational program

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PHARR – Hidalgo County Judge Keno Vasquez will be holding court at PSJA Southwest Early College High School as part of a new educational program to provide high schools students the opportunity to witness real hearings as part of their government class.

The court sessions will start at 1:30 pm on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the school’s Blackbox theatre. Students interested in becoming attorneys, as well as mock trial participants will get to learn about the legal process and see the work of local attorneys and judges.

Judge Vasquez, from the 398th District Court along with 92nd District Court Judge Luis Singleterry presented this program to the PSJA ISD School Board recently. The program, which is part of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 42.025-Sentencing Hearing at Secondary Schools, would be the first to be conducted in Hidalgo County.

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“The excitement about this is to help those that are interested in the study of law to get first-hand knowledge,” Judge Vasquez said. “It can also to deter behaviors that can lead to criminal consequences.”

WHAT: Hidalgo County Judge to hold sentencing hearings at PSJA Southwest ECHS to provide educational value to students

WHEN: Thursday, October 25, 2018, at 1:30 pm

WHERE: PSJA Southwest ECHS Blackbox (300 E. Rancho Blanco Rd. in Pharr)

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