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Discussion with the participation of Judge Alexander Williams
“The courts in the USA rely mainly on journalists to make disclosures on cases of corruption and fraud among high-ranked public officials”, said Mr. Alexander Williams, judge at the District Court in the State of Maryland during a discussion, organized by Coalition 2000 and the US Embassy on February 3, 2004. He also answered a number of questions of Bulgarian investigative journalists related to freedom of media and their role in fighting crime and corruption, code of ethics for journalists and moral issues of investigative journalism, classified information and journalist right to access to court documents. “The media and the judicial system had established a very healthy system of checks and balances, which also allow for an efficient collaboration”, concluded Judge Williams at the end of the discussion.

In addition to being the first African-American nominated by President Clinton to the federal court, Williams was also the first African-American elected as a State's Attorney for Prince George's County, Maryland, becoming the first African-American elected county-wide in Prince George's over 300 year history. He served in that position from 1987 to 1994. Judge Williams has practiced law in both the state of Maryland and the District of Columbia in various capacities. He served as a Professor of Law at Howard Law School from 1978 to 1989. Judge Williams was a private practitioner from 1974-1986. From 1975 to 1987, he was a municipal attorney for the town of Fairmount Heights and Glenarden, Maryland. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable James H. Taylor, Associate Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Maryland from 1973 to 1974.
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