Today’s records request to the Hudson County Judiciary.
December 13, 2013

Gerald A. Buccafusco, TCA
Hudson County Superior Court
Administration Building
595 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(via Fax only to 201-795-6603)

Dear Trial Court Administrator Buccafusco:

I just read the Appellate Division’s decision in State v. R.W.H. (on-line here) that arose out of a Hudson County Family Part case bearing Docket No. FO-09-423-09.  As noted by the Appellate Division, the conviction of and two-month jail sentence imposed against the defendant, “who had just been awarded custody of his three children . . . amounted to a prejudicial abuse of discretion.”

I am astonished by the cavalier manner in which the trial judge conducted himself and would like to know the trial judge’s name so that I can identify him in my blog.  I recognize the Appellate Division’s unfortunate policy of never identifying reversed judges in their opinions (while frequently identifying judges whose decisions are affirmed), but I believe that the public has a right to know the names of judges who conduct themselves in such a poor fashion. 

Enclosed is a Judiciary Request form that references this letter. Please consider this request under the common law right of access in addition to the right of access conferred by

Records Requested:

Any record, such a judgment of conviction, order for incarceration, which shows the identify of the judge who presided over the proceedings that resulted in R.W.H.’s August 5, 2009 conviction.  I understand that many Family Court records are confidential, so I just need one document, even if it has everything on it redacted except the caption of the case and the judge’s name.

Very truly yours,

John Paff

Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project. Please send all comments to [email protected]