Activist seeks to force Passaic County to disclose cost of civil rights settlement

Settlement agreements entered into by governmental agencies are public documents.  That is well-established.  (See our Knowledge Corner HERE.)  This OPRA case is interesting in that it concerns disclosure of the terms of the settlement before its final drafting and adoption by the governing body. Continue Reading →

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 →

State Police refuses to release public records on troopers involved in Radazz Hearns shooting

NJFOG’s John Paff is quoted in this article about the secrecy surrounding records concerning the officers who shot Trenton juvenile Radazz Hearns. – NJFOG The Trentonian Oct. 27, 2015 By Isaac Avilucea (full article here, partially re-posted below) Looking to Continue Reading →

Lumberton public records go missing … a second time

UPDATE (8/17/15) – Judge Marc M. Baldwin will preside over the hearing in Paff v. Lumberton.  The hearing is currently scheduled for September 4, 2015. UPDATE (8/18/2015) – Click here for a Burlington County Times news story on this topic.  According Continue Reading →

Lawsuit claims that Bridgeton violated Open Public Meetings Act

NJFOG posted last fall about the financial trouble and mismanagement at the Bridgeton Port Authority, which has not been operating for some time.  The Authority’s board was re-formed in recent years with appointees consisting mainly of city council members, who Continue Reading →