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Open Government Advocacy Project:
Letter to Edison School Board regarding Redactions

Issue Detail:

Judith M. Cox Edison Board of Education via e-mail only to judith.cox@edison.k12.nj.us Dear Ms. Cox: As you are aware, I recently submitted a request for records under the Open Public Records Act (OPRA) and the common law right of access for the assault and battery lawsuit against the Edison Township Board of Education bearing Docket No. MID-L-1637-11. This morning, you responded to my request with a redacted version of the civil complaint, which I\'ve placed on-line here. I see that you have redacted the plaintiffs\' names and addresses, apparently because you felt that the minor\'s identity should be kept confidential. Yet, when I queried the Superior Court\'s computerized index of civil lawsuits, I quickly learned that the plaintiffs in the matter are Bingyang Ji and Shuxing Ji. I have uploaded a screen shot from the database here. I challenge the Board\'s redactions, essentially because they suppress information that the plaintiffs in the lawsuit have already elected to disclose. Had the plaintiffs wished to remain anonymous, they could have, if permitted by the rules of court, used pseudonyms in their filings instead of their real names. Since the plaintiffs themselves have chosen (or, perhaps, were required by court rules) to identify themselves in their lawsuit, what possible interest could the Edison Board of Education have in redacting their identities when responding to my OPRA request? I consider the Board\'s redactions a violation of OPRA. Unless I receive an unredacted version of the civil complaint by Friday, October 12, 2012, I will consider litigating the matter. Sincerely,




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New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project: Letter to Edison School Board regarding Redactions. October 09, 2012.
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