New Jersey city admits open records violation, must pay $5K in legal fees

The city of Bayonne, New Jersey, has admitted that it didn't clearly explain why it denied part of an open public records request and will be paying $5,000 in legal fees to resolve a lawsuit over the matter.

The city's Feb. 22 admission comes about a month after it said in an opposition brief that it "provided an appropriate and lawful response" to the request.

On Dec. 23, John Paff, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's open government advocacy project, sued the city over its Nov. 9 response to his OPRA requests for information about two police brutality lawsuits. Continue…