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HOPPENSTEIN LAW FIRM

7920 Belt Line Rd. #370 T: (972) 931-4000
Dallas, TX 75254 F: (972) 692-7322

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 16, 2014

ATTORNEY SUES JUDGE
Local Attorney Sues Justice of the Peace for Open Access
under the Texas and Federal Constitutions

Local attorney Norman J. Hoppenstein filed a lawsuit in U.S.
District Court in the Eastern District of Texas this week against
Justice of the Peace Chuck Ruckel of Collin County JP Precinct 3-1,
Constable Sammy Knapp, and his deputy. The case number is 4:14-cv-
00467. Judge Ruckel and Constable Knapp have a policy or custom to
lock the door to the courtroom while court is in session. This policy
makes it so that attorneys, litigants, the press, and the general public
are not allowed to watch how the court conducts its business. Mr.
Hoppenstein’s suit contends that this is a violation of his rights under
the U.S. and Texas Constitutions. Moreover, this policy is very
unusual, and it does not comport with traditional notions of
governmental transparency and public service.
The right to know how judges conduct their business on a day to
day basis is critical for an accountable judiciary.

If you would like more information about this lawsuit please call the Hoppenstein
Law Firm at (972) 931-4000 or email attorney Amos Waranch at
amos@hoppensteinlaw.com.

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