CJ Griffin Quoted in nj.com On Lawsuit Filed Against Resident Regarding OPRA Requests
CJ Griffin, Director of the Justice Gary S. Stein Public Interest Center at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, was quoted in the nj.com article, “N.J. town sues woman, 82, for ‘voluminous’ and ‘burdensome’ public records requests.” The article discusses Irvington township’s lawsuit against a resident regarding open records requests.
“It’s especially ludicrous that they’re saying she filed 75 OPRA requests in three years,” said CJ Griffin, a Hackensack attorney who focuses on public records access. “That’s the equivalent of two a month. You could file two OPRA requests a month just for the meeting minutes, so it’s in no way harassing.
“It would be a dangerous precedent if towns are allowed to start suing people because they file two requests a month, or even if they file 10. Reporters might need to file 20 a month, right? There’s nothing in the statute that authorizes them to do that and it’s retaliatory.”
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