Thursday, June 11, 2015

Unpublished trial court OPRA opinion.

"Unpublished opinions" are not published in the law books and are not ordinarily written about in legal periodicals. Unless somebody puts them on-line and calls attention to them, they are likely not to be located by people who may want to search for them. I think that it's important that court opinions, even if they are not precedential, are easily accessible for future use.

John Paff v. Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office
Atlantic County, Docket No. ATL-L-5474-14
Hon. Nelson C. Johnson, J.S.C.
June 4, 2015
Click here for the court's decision.

Summary:  Court rules that Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial and avoidance of "premature release of information [which can] damage reputations and disrupt criminal investigations" justify prosecutor's "neither admit nor deny" response to an OPRA request seeking records proving the existence of an investigation.

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