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The repeal of New York’s 50-a could be a boon to defense attorneys

The repeal of New York’s 50-a could be a boon to defense attorneys

Though there are still many open questions about the effect of 50-a’s repeal on problematic police officer transparency, it’s a development that highlights the value access can have for the integrity of the criminal justice system.

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New York State senator blasts requests, saying police transparency "unintended consequence" of police transparency bill

New York State senator blasts requests, saying police transparency “unintended consequence” of police transparency bill

A New York state senator blasted MuckRock’s latest transparency project to access police disciplinary records, calling it an “unintended consequence” of recent legislation designed to allow access to police disciplinary records.

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This week’s FOIA roundup: In pursuit of police records

This week’s FOIA roundup: In pursuit of police records

In this week’s roundup, a look at policing transparency efforts around the country, as well as ways that you can help bring transparency to your own community.

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New York legislature votes to repeal provision hiding police records

New York legislature votes to repeal provision hiding police records

Lawmakers in both houses of New York’s legislature voted to repeal Section 50-A of the state’s civil rights law, a move intended to eliminate the barrier between the public and police disciplinary histories.

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New York court rules NYPD can’t use Glomar to keep surveillance records secret

New York court rules NYPD can’t use Glomar to keep surveillance records secret

Secretive federal agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are notorious for refusing to confirm or deny the existence of their records. The issue becomes trickier when local law enforcement agencies, tasked with serving their communities, reply to public records requests in similar fashion. The New York Police Department has used the infamous “Glomar response” in the past to keep records secret, but this week a New York court ruled that the NYPD can’t use it this time.

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