Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Tuesday, April 4, 2000

CORNYN SUES TO SHUT DOWN NORTH TEXAS SALOON

Owner of Longhorn Saloon in Ft. Worth pays the price for breaking the law

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the filing of a civil lawsuit against Stephen Murrin, Jr. and D&M Management, Inc., the owner of the Longhorn Saloon, located at 119-125 W. Exchange Avenue in Ft. Worth. The Longhorn Saloon has been the site of repeated illegal activity, chiefly over 200 violations of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code.

"If you allow your property to be a haven for illegal activity, we will shut you down," said Attorney General Cornyn.

From June of 1997 to July of 1999, over 266 calls for police service resulted from illegal activity at the Longhorn Saloon. That activity included instances of assault, theft and public lewdness.

The lawsuit requests the Longhorn Saloon to be closed for a year unless the property owners post a bond of $1,000.

The Attorney General's Civil Enforcement Section and the Fort Worth Police Department have worked together for nearly 10 years to shut down properties that have been a danger to the Fort Worth community.

Texas law allows the Attorney General to file suit against properties that constitute common nuisances by virtue of repeated criminal activity. Since Attorney General Cornyn took office 15 nuisance abatement lawsuits have been filed, and one property, a Fort Worth crack house, has been boarded up.

This case was handled Assistant Attorney General Kent Richardson in the Civil Enforcement Section of the Attorney General's Special Crimes Division.

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