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OPRA lawsuit to determine amount of cash seized by police
 

Issue Detail:

 
On September 8, 2010, I read a newspaper article informing me that a drug arrest was made after a motor vehicle stop in Readington Township (Hunterdon County) on September 2, 2010 and that a "large amount of U.S. Currency" was seized from the arrestee's vehicle. This prompted me to file a records request to determine exactly how much currency was seized. (Note: I became interested in cash seizures in Readington after learning that the Readington Police, along with the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office and the State Attorney General Office, split $100,000 seized from a vehicle despite a later finding that the search that resulted in the seizure was unconstitutional. For more information, see: ) Readington, however, refused to provide me with any records disclosing the exact amount of currency seized. The Township claimed that disclosing the amount might compromise a criminal investigation. With Richard Gutman of Montclair as my attorney, I filed suit against the Township on October 12, 2010. The suit is on-line here. The matter is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 9 a.m. before Hon. Yolanda Ciccone, A.J.S.C. at the courthouse at 20 N. Bridge St, Somerville. The public is invited to attend the hearing, but should call 908-231-7068 the day before to ensure that it has not been postponed. Refer to Paff v. Township of Readington, Docket No. HNT-L-673-10.

 

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