Open-government activist pursues investigation of Cape May County sheriff

“The courts have held that once an investigation is closed, the government’s interest in confidentiality is less,” said Paff, who believes that the public has a right to know what an investigation is about, even if no charges are eventually Continue Reading →

Part II: Citizens challenge Nutley Zoning Board’s video recording policy

Saul Qersdyn of NJFOG and Lee Dorry of Essex Watch brought their video cameras to the Nutley Zoning Board’s August 17 meeting. The following post reflects their account of discussion with the board’s attorney. -NJFOG   by NJFOG and Essex Continue Reading →

The Common Law Right of Access to Public Records and the Cost of the Fight

It’s pretty big news when a judge grants a $45,000 fee award in a successful lawsuit seeking public records under the common law right of access.  It’s not just the magnitude of the figure, but that the requester-plaintiff — the little Continue Reading →