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Texas Judge Closes a Public Courtroom

Posted by Tim Zerillo | Jan 04, 2018 | 0 Comments

For the most part, our courtrooms are open to the public - or they should be.  I found this article interesting, where a Denton, Texas judge was closing his courtroom in certain proceedings.  This may seem like an honorable thing to do - to protect the privacy of the individual litigants - but it creates a slippery slope.  Gerry Morris, President of NACDL, was quoted for the article, and correctly points out: "When things happen in secret, there's no way to hold anyone accountable," he said. "And regardless of the level of the court, serious damage can be done to individual rights. And as the old adage goes, the best disinfectant is sunlight." 

You can find a link to the article here.

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Tim Zerillo

Tim Zerillo is a Maine civil and criminal trial attorney. He been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers “Top 100” attorneys. He has been elected to “New England Super Lawyers” every year since 2010. Attorney Zerillo's practice focuses primarily on criminal defense and civil litigation for plaintiffs and victims. Attorney Zerillo's career has reflected a strong commitment to represent the injured and the accused.


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