Thursday, September 30, 2010

OPRA case in Morristown tomorrow, Friday, October 1st

On October 1, 2010 at 9 a.m., Morris County Assignment Judge B. Theodore Bozonelis will hear argument in Paff v. Borough of Chatham, Docket No. MRS-L-1860-10. I am represented by Richard Gutman, Esq. of Montclair and the case documents are on-line here.

At issue is Chatham's denial of my request for records that would reveal the length of a former Borough police sergeant's suspension. As background, the newspapers reported that the sergeant, Roy George, allegedly left a backpack containing a loaded handgun on a Westfield sidewalk after a night of drinking. Even though Chatham disclosed the fact that George had been demoted and suspended and the reasons for the demotion and suspension, the Borough refused to grant access to records disclosing the length of George's suspension.

The public and media are invited to attend the hearing which will be held at the courthouse on Washington and Court Streets, Morristown. (I'm sorry for the late notice but it appeared until late today that the matter would be adjourned.)

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