|Sheriff Gary G. Schaffer|
In her February 5, 2016 order, Mercer County Assignment Judge Mary C. Jacobson dismissed my complaint.
At oral argument, Judge Jacobson focused on two areas in reaching her conclusion: First, she considered the sensitive nature of the records (the Judge stated that these types of records were “cloaked in sensitivity”). Second, she considered the potentially significant effect on the people who gave information over the course of the investigation into the allegations.
Ultimately, the Judge stated that the public's interest in disclosure was outweighed by the need to keep the records confidential because of the effect on victims and any witnesses/individuals who gave information over the course of the investigation.