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Lawsuit Challenges Essex County Prosecutor's Refusal to Disclose Police Videos and Name of Newark Officer Who Fatally Shot Fleeing Motorist

Last week, CJ Griffin filed an OPRA lawsuit on behalf of Richard Rivera against the Essex County Prosecutor's Office (ECPO) relating to its refusal to disclose the name of a Newark police officer who shot at a fleeing vehicle during a pursuit in January 2019, killing the driver and injuring the passenger. The lawsuit also seeks access to footage from police body-worn cameras and dash cameras.… Read more

Mueller Report Contains Devastating Evidence of Obstruction of Justice by Trump

Put aside the unprofessional and unethical summary of the Mueller Report by Attorney General Barr almost two weeks ago because it is a distraction. Put aside the outright lies by Donald Trump that he was exonerated by the Mueller Report because it's a distraction. And let's have the self-discipline to put aside the pathetic attempt by Attorney General Barr to do a Roy Cohn imitation yesterday and mount a defense of Donald Trump.… Read more

The Legal Implications of Governmental Social Media Use

Approximately 77 percent of Americans have profiles on social networking sites and two-thirds of Americans say they get at least some of their news on social media. Thus, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can be powerful and effective tools for government agencies that want to provide information directly to the public about their services, emergencies, or community events.… Read more

Cannabis Banking Bill Advances in Congress

Yesterday the House Financial Services Committee voted 45-15 (with significant bi-partisan support) to advance the SAFE (Secure and Fair Enforcement) Banking Act for a vote before the full House of Representatives, which, if enacted, will enable banks and insurance companies to service state-legal cannabis businesses.… Read more

Lottery Winners Shouldn't Be Anonymous

A new bill pending in the Senate, S-2267, directs the State Lottery Commission to amend its regulations so that the identities lottery winners are not accessible under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The bill offers the winners of the lottery lifetime anonymity.… Read more

It's Sunshine Week!

This week is Sunshine Week, a week dedicated to promoting openness in government! In honor of Sunshine Week, we're sharing the following resources which will help you shine a light on the government.… Read more