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The top official at the agency that governs the state's Open Public Records Act has filed harassment charges against one of her chief critics, who has often lodged complaints with the agency about how government releases records.

The critic, Thomas Caggiano, 62, of Stanhope, is scheduled to appear Friday before Trenton Municipal Court Judge Louis S. Sancinito to be tried on harassment charges filed in October by Catherine Starghill, executive director of the Government Records Council, the state agency that makes sure government bodies comply with the law that guarantees access to public documents.

Caggiano — who has cited that law in pursuit of records several times and is a critic of Starghill and the records council — said the charges stem from a cartoon he sent the GRC depicting a digital rectal exam (without a penis included on the drawing).

Caggiano said he was using the image to illustrate his complaint that the GRC wouldn't take action if a records custodian gave a requester a document that didn't pertain to a records request — such as an image of a medical exam. He also planned to give a lecture on prostate cancer.

"No matter what people show you, as far as the GRC's concerned, they can't even look at what the person showed you," Caggiano said. "I was also going to give a lecture on what doctors do wrong on prostate cancer." (Volpe, Gannett)




The final workday of Eleuterio Mosquera's 17 years in the United States began like any other.

The 56-year-old machinist started his red Nissan Pathfinder inside the carport of his Newark home, pulled out to the curb and stepped onto the darkened sidewalk to close the metal gate behind him. It was 5:32 a.m., and Mosquera was due at his job at a Jersey City recycling yard in a half-hour.

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