CJ Griffin’s Excellent Result for Media Clients Highlighted in Article Regarding Prosecutor’s Attempt to Seal Records Relating to Sayreville Councilwoman’s Killing
CJ Griffin, Partner and Director of the Justice Gary S. Stein Public Interest Center at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, was mentioned in a MyCentralJersey.com article, “Prosecutor drops motion to block records release in Sayreville councilwoman’s killing.”
The article discusses the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office dropping its request for a court injunction to block several news organizations and reporters from seeking the release of investigative records in the killing of Sayreville Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour last week. The news organizations had filed Open Public Records Act requests seeking videos, 911 calls, and other records relating to the shooting so that they could continue their reporting.
Griffin represented Gannett publications (Home News Tribune, Courier News, and MyCentralJersey.com) and the Associated Press and sent the Prosecutor’s Office a letter explaining that there was no legal authority for its motion and that the media clients would move for frivolous litigation sanctions if the motion was not withdrawn.
Within hours of receiving the letter, the Prosecutor’s Office withdrew its motion, stating that withdrawal was "a practical and alternative recommendation, which is in the interest of justice."