Judge: Open Up Forcucci Hearings

June 11, 2014 Updated Jun 11, 2014 at 12:35 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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June 11, 2014 Updated Jun 11, 2014 at 12:35 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A State Supreme Court Judge ruled in favor of the Hamburg School Board member accused of official misconduct.

That means hearings against Catherine Forcucci can be open to the public.

The Hamburg School Board charged Forcucci with official misconduct, and was holding hearings behind closed doors.

Forcucci sued the school board to get the hearings open to the public.

Attorneys for the school board argued its members have the legal right to decide whether meetings for a charged member are open or closed. Lawyers added some witnesses fear testifying at public hearings after recent vandalism against the Superintendent.

However, Forcucci's attorney argued her client's reputation is on the line. She added if the United States President can be impeached on live television, it does not make sense to close off this type of hearing.

"Officials need to be held accountable, and that doesn't just go for elected officials brought up on charges of official misconduct, but also the people who are going to pass on those charges," said Margaret Murphy, who Forcucci hired as an attorney.

Andrew Freedman, the attorney for the Hamburg Central School District, made a brief statement, only saying, "the board just looks forward to completing this process as soon as possible and have a decision reached on the merits." He would not comment on if the board plans to appeal the decision.

Murphy says the next hearing is Wednesday evening.