2003-11-13 / Front Page

Attorney Honored For Helping Those "Underserved" By Justice System

By Neil S. Friedman
Attorney Honored For Helping Those "Underserved" By Justice System

Attorney Honored For Helping Those "Underserved" By Justice System

Honoree Joseph Mure holds one of the proclamations he received Tuesday evening from Assemblyman Frank Seddio (right) and others for offering his legal services at no cost to those “underserved” by the justice system. Former client Ron Dixon, holding his two-year-old son Kyle, stands alongside the attorney who helped him last spring. 				     Milton WaltersHonoree Joseph Mure holds one of the proclamations he received Tuesday evening from Assemblyman Frank Seddio (right) and others for offering his legal services at no cost to those “underserved” by the justice system. Former client Ron Dixon, holding his two-year-old son Kyle, stands alongside the attorney who helped him last spring. Milton Walters

By Neil S. Friedman

Native Canarsien and attorney Joseph Muré, Jr. was honored in a ceremony Tuesday night at the Hebrew Educational Society.

The attorney was presented with proclamations from each of three local elected officials — State Senator John Sampson, State Assemblyman Frank Seddio and City Councilman Lew Fidler.

Muré, who now lives in Queens but maintains contact with the community, offered his services for free earlier this year to Ronald Dixon, the local homeowner who faced misdemeanor weapons charges after shooting an intruder he discovered in his house with an unregistered handgun.

Dixon was in the audience Tuesday to see the attorney honored.

When Muré took over the case he gathered evidence of Dixon’s attempt to register the pistol though a clearing house and presented it to Hynes, which was the substantiation the DA wanted from the outset.

Muré, who once ran a youth center on Avenue L, currently resides in Neponsit Beach with his family. He has been a lawyer for 17 years. He took over as Dixon’s lawyer—pro bono—in April at the urging of Seddio and Fidler. The two elected officials supported Dixon’s stand so they approached their long-standing attorney friend and told him the case had gotten bogged down.

A portion of Assemblyman Seddio’s proclamation reads: "Whereas he has devoted his time, effort and energy as an advocate for truth, justice and fair play, and has given his time and talent to assist those who have been underserved by the criminal justice system…Joseph Muré Jr. is an outstanding citizen worthy of the esteem of both the community and Great State of New York."

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