- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey appellate court has ruled that a county prosecutor’s office doesn’t have to confirm or deny if records exist on a person who wasn’t arrested or charged with a crime.

The ruling stems from a Bergen County newspaper reporter’s request for any complaints to law enforcement, 911 calls and emails.

The court wrote Wednesday that under open public records laws, prosecutors don’t have to provide the information. A lower court also had sided with the prosecutor’s office, but cited state privacy laws.

Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal said Wednesday that “an innocent person’s name does not belong in a newspaper every time a law enforcement agency receives an anonymous note.”

An attorney for North Jersey Media Group tells The Record it’s reviewing a possible appeal.

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