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Court orders Warren County municipality to disclose dashcam video of police chief’s motor vehicle stop.

Update: The Township released the video shortly after this blog post was published.  The video is on-line here.————————————On October 1, 2019, New Jersey Superior Court Assignment Judge Yolanda Ciccone issued a court order compelling Independence Township (Warren County) to disclose “the [police] dashcam audio and video recordings of” a motor vehicle stop of Keith P. […]

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Appellate Division rules today on OPRA request for fire commissioners’ e-mails.

The takeaways from today’s two-judge Appellate Division panel’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA) opinion in Jeff Carter v. Franklin Fire District No. 1 are: 1.  If you’re an OPRA requestor who wants e-mails in their native format, you need to specifically request them in their native or original format.  Don’t conflate the terms “medium” and […]

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Facing lawsuit, Rutgers coughs up its separation agreement with former Athletic Director.

In his August 2, 2018 article, “Why did Rutgers pay fired AD Julie Hermann $500K more than she was owed?” Star-Ledger reporter Keith Sargeant wrote about Rutgers’ refusal to provide him with the university’s separation agreement with former Athletic Director Julie Hermann.  After reading the article, I had my non-profit submit an Open Public Records […]

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OPRA suit seeks disclosure of court filings that resulted in reversal of former Hammonton school guidance supervisor’s lewdness conviction.

If a person submits an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request to a county prosecutor for records that the prosecutor filed in court, it is generally accepted that those records must be disclosed provided that the court case is not sealed.  Yet, on November 5, 2018 the non-profit I serve as executive director filed suit […]

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Lawsuit seeks ruling that Open Public Meetings Act violation implicates attorney fee-shifting provision of Civil Rights Act.

On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, Mercer County Assignment Judge Mary C. Jacobson will hear John Paff v. Trenton Board of Education, Docket No. MER-L-2241-18.  At issue is whether the Board’s vote to give Superintendent Fred McDowell a $25,000 bonus should be voided out because the vote was taken after the Board’s September 24, 2018 meeting […]