Lawyer moves to get rid of courtroom sign

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MIAMI, July 11 (UPI) -- A lawyer says he has a bone to pick about the validity of signs posted above judges' benches in Miami-Dade county courtrooms proclaiming truth is a goal.

A lawyer in a triple murder case wants the longstanding sign that reads "We who labor here seek only the truth" to be taken down, contending jurors are not always privy to the whole truth during trials, The Miami Herald reported Saturday.


Attorney Louis Jepeway Jr. wrote in a motion he filed recently that truthful evidence is sometimes excluded by judges before trials take place. Jepeway is currently representing Samuel Cadillon, one of three men charged with the June 2006 slayings of three men near the airport in Miami. No evidence has been suppressed in this case yet, the newspaper said.

The sign has been present in Miami-Dade courtrooms since the late 1940s, says a Miami-Dade court historian, introduced by Circuit Judge George S. Holt. The sign is often referenced to by judges, as well as attorneys during final remarks.

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