NJTV Interviews Bruce Rosen on Document-Access Denial
A NJ appeals court has unnecessarily narrowed the law that allows public access to government records, according to MARC partner Bruce S. Rosen in an interview with NJTV.
On Aug. 31, 2016, the court said the government can deny access to public records by neither confirming nor denying they exist.
The case, North Jersey Media Group v. Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, involved a request for documents about a priest whom a reporter thought was under investigation but had not been charged.
In the Aug. 31 interview, Bruce said the ruling creates an exemption in the law, the Open Public Records Act. He also said it was a fallacy to conclude that the reputation of an individual who had not been charged would be damaged by release of the documents.