Incident reports Re jail fatality are disclosable under OPRA

Upholding a lower court, an Appellate Court ruled on 6/4/2018 that incident reports relating to a Union County jail inmate’s death are disclosable, subject to appropriate redactions for personal identifiers. The Court rejected the argument that an incident report is Continue Reading →

OPRA’s “reason for separation” does not include motivation for resigning, per Appellate Court

An appellate court ruled that “reason for separation” under OPRA does not include an employee’s motivation for resigning. However, the court also ruled that a records request concerning an employee’s separation should prompt a broad search of agency records, not Continue Reading →

Appellate Court’s use of defendant’s initials suppressed reporting

Use of only a defendant’s initials in an Appellate Court opinion masked the lower court’s errors resulting in the Appellate level reversal of a felony conviction. Newspapers that covered the earlier conviction — and stated the felon’s name — were Continue Reading →