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New Jersey rejects request for dolphin necropsy results, citing "medical privacy"

New Jersey rejects request for dolphin necropsy results, citing “medical privacy”

When a dolphin died in New Jersey’s South River last year, MuckRock’s Carly Sitrin - a Garden State native herself - wanted to know what killed it. So she filed a public record request to the state’s Department of Agriculture for the necropsy results. Just this last week, the DOA finally responded, and to make an already weird story even weirder, barred the release of the record on medical privacy grounds.

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Requestor's Voice: Harry Scheeler

Requestor’s Voice: Harry Scheeler

Harry Scheeler is a citizen vigilante requester, conducting his own audits of New Jersey’s FOI law, the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), and helping others in their records retrieval. Last week, MuckRock caught up with Mr. Scheeler to talk about about citizen requesting, the politicization of public records, and how you can help.

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Chris Christie doubles down on OPRA rejections with "anonymous requester" loophole

Chris Christie doubles down on OPRA rejections with “anonymous requester” loophole

The battle for access to New Jersey’s Open Public Record Act (OPRA) logs carries on, even after last month’s Superior Court ruling.

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New Jersey's records rejections earn the ire of the ACLU

New Jersey’s records rejections earn the ire of the ACLU

As part of the media whirlwind surrounding “Bridgegate,” New Jersey state agencies began issuing unusual rejections of standard requests for their OPRA logs. Now the ACLU has taken up the cause of citizen requester, Harry Scheeler, to reestablish the right of the citizens to access these documents over the desire of the Christie administration to keep them private.

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New Jersey agencies continue to reject request for log of records requests

New Jersey agencies continue to reject request for log of records requests

Three state-level agencies in New Jersey have now refused to disclose their logs of public records requests received in 2013. MuckRock is continuing to press for release of these routine records.

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