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New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Police Dashcam Videos Not Subject to Public Disclosure In Most Circumstances

Posted in Public Employment Labor Law
As reported by NJ.com, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a ruling wherein video of New Jersey Police Officers chasing down and arresting suspects will not be turned over to the public and the media in many cases. A divided Supreme Court ruled 4-3  in the matter entitled Paff v. Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office that… Continue Reading

Middlesex County Prosecutors Office Ordered to Pay $114,402 in Legal Fees for Failing to Turn Over 911 Recordings in the Use of Deadly Force

Posted in Uncategorized
As reported in the New Jersey Law Journal, the Appellate Division has confirmed a ruling made by a Superior Court Judge that orders the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office to pay two news outlets more than $100,000 in counsel fees after they successfully sued the office for access to 911 call recordings involving the fatal shooting of… Continue Reading

NJ Supreme Court Will Decide Whether OPRA Covers Police Dash Cam Videos

Posted in Public Employment Labor Law
As reported by the New Jersey Law Journal, the New Jersey Supreme Court will hear the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office’s appeal in a case examining whether the public can access videos recorded by police dashboard cameras. In a 2-1 unpublished decision released in August, the Appellate Division said a police dashcam could be considered a… Continue Reading

Court Rules Some NJ Volunteer Fire Companies Subject To Public Records Act

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As reported by NJ.com, a State Superior Court Judge has ruled that four (4) volunteer fire companies in Lakewood are government agencies subject to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”).  Specifically, the Judge ruled that four (4) volunteer fire companies in Lakewood must produce rosters, check registries, e-mails, meeting minutes and resolutions, and… Continue Reading

Open Government Activist Sues Ewing For Refusing To Release Police Salary Info

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  As reported by nj.com, an open-government activist is suing Ewing Township for allegedly violating the Open Public Records Act by refusing to disclose part of a police officer’s salary. John Paff, the chairman of the Open Government Advocacy Project of the State Libertarian Party, said that he heard from confidential sources that Ewing was withholding… Continue Reading

ACLU Pokes Hole In Attorney General’s Internal Affairs Complaint Forms For Police

Posted in Internal Affairs
  As reported by nj.com, after rolling out tougher rules in May for police departments’ internal affairs units, State Attorney General Paula Dow has released new reporting forms that omit a crucial question: How many complaints about police officers are being investigated at the end of each year? The new forms published Tuesday don’t require police departments… Continue Reading

NJ Attorney General Blocks Public Knowledge Of State Police Overtime Pay

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  As reported by nj.com, in what some advocates of open government call an unprecedented overreach, Attorney General Paula Dow has blocked the public from knowing how much overtime State Police troopers and other state law enforcement officials earn. Dow’s rule, which took effect this month, is part of a larger effort by the Attorney General… Continue Reading

Union City Police Chief Earns About $36K Per Year As Part-Time School Security Worker

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  As reported by nj.com, although he has a full-time, $248,000 per year job as Union City’s police chief, Charles Everett has been raking in thousands of dollars for off-duty work for keeping tabs on the city’s pool and athletic field. According to records obtained by The Jersey Journal through the state’s Open Public Records Act,… Continue Reading
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