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OPRA to Bernards Township

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December 6, 2013 Denise Szabo, Clerk Township of Bernards 1 Collyer Lane Basking Ridge, NJ 07920-1441 via e-mail to dszabo@bernards.org RE: OPRA Request Dear Ms. Szabo: Please consider this my request for government records under OPRA and the common law right of access. Yesterday, December 5, 2013, U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp entered an order dismissing Albert and Francis Ascolese\'s lawsuit against Bernards Township Police because it was settled. In their civil complaint, the Ascoleses contended that Bernards Police Detectives Timothy King and Michael Sweeny, along with Police Officers Kevin Little and Scott Ward \"targeted and subjected [them] to harassment . . . for selective enforcement on numerous occassions.\" It appears that Albert is Francis\' father and that Albert was called into headquarters after Francis had been arrested for trespassing on August 18, 2010. According to Albert, the police told Albert that they wanted Frank to sign a confession to the trespassing charge and when he asserted his son\'s Fifth Amended rights against self incrimination, the police retaliated by charging him with burglary, which is a more serious charge. Albert claimed that the police, to further retailiate against him, arrested him for witness tampering on September 10, 2010. Francis and Albert both claim that all the charges against them were dropped. The father and son further allege that the police kept harassing them by detaining Francis on Aptil 4, 2011. I think that knowing the amount of the settlement is of interest because it will allow the public to make an educated guess as to the merits of the Ascoleses\' lawsuit. Would you please send me: a. The settlement agreement that resolved this lawsuit that shows, among other things, the amount of the settlement? b. The police incident relating to the charges against Albert that issued on or about September 10, 2010? Thank you very much for your attention to this matter. Very truly yours,




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New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project: OPRA to Bernards Township. December 07, 2013.
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