Estate of Yearby v. Middlesex County, ___ N.J. Super. ___ (App. Div. 2018).  Today’s snowstorm offered the opportunity to circle back, belatedly, to this opinion by Judge Fuentes, which was issued on February 27. Plaintiffs’ decedent, who was allegedly mentally ill, was arrested for assault and resisting arrest.  Placed in the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Facility, he died there, 24 hours after his arrest, while strapped to a “restraint chair.̶

Due to an unusual amount of business travel (alas, only to three cold-weather locations) and a hefty appellate brief, I have not been able to keep up with the courts in recent weeks.  Here is a belated, and far from complete, summary of some of the decisions that our appellate courts have made in that time:

Ardan v. Board of Review, ___ N.J. ___ (2018).  In a relatively unusual (for the Supreme Court of New Jersey) 4-3 decision, the Court ruled that the Board of Review proper

Conley v. New Jersey Department of Corrections, ___ N.J. Super. ___ (App. Div. 2018).  This was an appeal brought by a pro se prisoner under the Open Public Records Act, N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 to -13 (“OPRA”).  He sought certain monthly reports from the Department of Corrections.  He had been able to get those reports in the past.  But this time the Department responded that it had begun using “a new database system in which the above requested mont