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North Jersey Media Group v. Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office

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A FOIA request concerning a criminal investigation of a priest over a sexual abuse allegation was denied by prosecutors who…

A FOIA request concerning a criminal investigation of a priest over a sexual abuse allegation was denied by prosecutors who said they would not disclose whether an investigation was going on. We filed an amicus brief joined by 25 other news organizations. We argued that a “neither confirm nor deny” response is not appropriate for state government records requests, as it was developed at the federal level to protect national security interests and has since morphed into a broad and damaging secrecy tool.

2014-07-21-NJMG-v-Bergen-Co.pdf