All eyes on West Milford

I’ve been getting e-mails from friends and strangers about a court hearing that takes place tomorrow in New Jersey regarding a lawsuit about how much West Milford is allowed to charge for copies of public records.

Records case is based on common law.

The reason this case is especially interesting is because the attorney for the plaintiff, Martin O’Shea, is basing his legal reasoning on common law going back to England’s Magna Carta. The idea is that “only the state legislature has the power to amend the common law, not a municipality” and that common law’s verdict on charging more for copies than they actually cost is: no.

The case will be heard by Judge Thomas Brogan.

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