What police records should be public? New Jersey Supreme Court to decide

New Jersey's highest court is weighing whether police departments should be given broad discretion over which documents to release under the state's public records laws.

News organizations and civil liberties advocates say a decision in the case, which involves records from a police shooting requested by a media company, will have broad implications for transparency in New Jersey.

Law enforcement officials are keenly interested as well. They say they need to be able to withhold records from police investigations to keep from tainting potential witnesses and jurors. Continue…