CJ Griffin Quoted in NorthJersey.com Article


CJ Griffin, partner and director of the Justice Gary S. Stein Public Interest Center at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden P.C., was quoted in a NorthJersey.com article titled “Bergen County Loses Lawsuit Over Transparency of Police Records.” The article discusses how after over a year after suing the Bergen County Sheriff's Office for allegedly violating the Open Public Records Act, Richard Rivera, who sued in his capacity as a citizen, finally has his requested records.

CJ Griffin, who represented Rivera, said "BCSO blatantly violated the AG’s major discipline directive by failing to tell the public what the officers did to be disciplined. It took a lawsuit to learn the information that should have been posted on their website."

Griffin went on to say that it will be "almost impossible" to file similar lawsuits because the Supreme Court ruled there is no fee-shifting, or transferring legal costs to the losing party, in common-benefit cases. If the state Legislature passes bills to make internal affairs records subject to OPRA, it will be easier to get information, says Griffin.

To read the full article, click here.

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