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4/4/2011 4:16:05 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Mississippi: HSLDA Opposing Court Order

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Mississippi: HSLDA Opposing Court Order

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

A good number of you have contacted us today about an order issued by
Judge Joe Dale Walker of the Chancery Court of the Thirteenth District
in Mississippi, requiring attendance officers to provide the court
with the names and addresses of homeschoolers in that district. The
Thirteenth District includes the counties of Smith, Lawrence,
Covington, Simpson, and Jefferson Davis.

After attendance officers in the affected counties were served with
the order, they mailed letters to all homeschoolers in their
respective areas on April 1, 2011, enclosing a copy of the judge's
order. The letters asked the families to notify the attendance officer
in their county by April 8, 2011, as to whether they intended to
initiate legal action to prevent release of the information sought by
Judge Walker.

HSLDA is initiating such legal action on behalf of our member families
residing within the Thirteenth District. Additionally, we will notify
the attendance officers in all five counties by April 8 that we intend
to take such action.

At this point we do not know why Judge Walker is seeking this
information, but we believe it is an inappropriate use of judicial
power. There is no case before the court that gave rise to the
issuance of this order. It appears to be simply information that the
judge would like to have.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact my
legal assistant, Elliot Ko, at (540) 338-5600.

Sincerely yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
Senior Counsel

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