CITY FAILED IN ATTEMPT TO DRASTICALLY WEAKEN TEXAS OPEN RECORDS LAW
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lawyers Paul Kubosh and Randall Kallinen have won a major victory in a six year and counting legal battle which started when the City would not reveal documents regarding the effectiveness of its red light camera program. In Randall Kallinen and Paul Kubosh v. The City of Houston the Texas Supreme Court soundly rejected the City’s legal argument which could have greatly hindered the People’s right to obtain public documents through the Texas Public Information Act. See attached opinion.
“€œIn this case, the Texas Supreme Court recognized that Harris County District Judge Carolyn Baker had jurisdiction to enter her judgment awarding attorneys’€™ fees to Randall Kallinen and Paul Kubosh and reversed the Court of Appeals’€™ dismissal of Randall Kallinen’€™s and Paul Kubosh’€™s lawsuit,”€ counsel David Furlow observed.
The Texas Supreme Court enforced the Public Information Act’€™s statutory language declaring that, €”Under the fundamental philosophy of the American constitutional form of representative government that adheres to the principle that government is the servant and not the master of the people, it is the policy of this state that each person is entitled, unless otherwise expressly provided by law, at all times to complete information about the affairs of government and the official acts of public officials and employees.”
“€œThe people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.”€
“We are glad the Texas Supreme Court vindicated our right to get these public documents.” said plaintiff and lawyer Paul Kubosh.
“The open records laws triumphed and the City’s attempt to weaken the People’s right to view these public documents directly related to public safety failed.” said plaintiff and civil rights attorney Randall Kallinen.
“€œRegardless of how you feel about the City’€™s red light camera program, the City’€™s long running interpretation of the Public Information Act was expressly targeted to keep citizens from accessing the information necessary for public participation in a representative democracy,”€ said lead attorney Joe Larsen. “€œThrough Kubosh€’s and Kallinen’€™s advocacy and persistence, and the Texas Supreme Court’€™s strong opinion, the rights of every Texan have been vindicated.€”
Paul Kubosh: 2818500171; email@example.com
Randall Kallinen: 713.320.3785; firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph Larsen: 832.426.7020; email@example.com
David Furlow: 713.202.3931; firstname.lastname@example.org