Jackson Walker successfully represented The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV in obtaining a favorable opinion from the Court of Appeals to reverse closure of a courtroom associated with a juvenile capital murder case. The opinion, delivered by Fort Worth Second Court of Appeals Justice Sue Walker, determined that State District Judge Jean Boyd had barred reporters from the courtroom “without showing a good cause.”
Jackson Walker partner Paul Watler was quoted in an Aug. 14, 2014, Texas Lawbook article profiling the case.
“There’s a dearth on whether a juvenile court may or may not close a court proceeding of a minor over 14 years of age,” Mr. Watler told the publication. “This case likely will become a leading decision under that statute. I think it shows that news media parties will continue to have an impact on keeping the courtroom open.”
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Mr. Watler focuses his legal practice on complex commercial and media litigation. He has been named by Texas Lawyer magazine as the “Go To” lawyer for media litigation in Texas, placing him among an elite group of the state’s top 29 lawyers across all practice areas. Mr. Watler has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995, has been named one of the 250 Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine; and has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters annually since 2003.