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City of Balch Springs v. Edmon James

Filed: November 4, 1998.

Nature of Case: The criminal prosecution of 14-year-old home school student Edmon James for two violations of his town's daytime curfew was mysteriously dismissed. Edmon had been cited twice in the fall of 1998. On both occasions he was not required to be in school at the time he was cited and had the permission of his parents to be outside, but the city refused to drop the charges. HSLDA requested a trial by jury on behalf of this young man. Then, in early February, while awaiting a setting of the trial, we received a letter from the court clerk advising us that the city prosecutor had elected to dismiss all charges.