Rozzi v. Ocean County Prosecutor's Office

Legal Counsel: Pro Se

GRC Complaint 2015-250

Statutory provision at issue: N.J.S.A. 47:1A-5(g.)

Question Presented

Did the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office violate OPRA by failing to provide a response

Holding

The New Jersey Government Records Council (GRC)

response provided to an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request was legally insufficient under the OPRA law’s requirements.

This case was filed at the same time a lawsuit that was filed against the OCPO by open government activist Harry Scheeler. Scheeler’s lawsuit sought similar documents as those that were issue in this case.

Outcome

While the GRC did indeed find a violation of OPRA on the part of the county prosecutor’s office, they did not order the prosecutor’s office to produce any documents or find a “knowing and willful” violation of OPRA. It should note that the records custodian who was at the center of this case would would later be removed from his position, with his social media posts even going so far as to call for

Case documents

Final decision - Rozzi v. Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office

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