from the won't-somebody-please-think-of-the-dead-dolphin's-privacy? dept.
v3rgEz writes: When a dolphin died in New Jersey's South River last year, Carly Sitrin wanted to know what killed it. So she filed a public record request to the NJ Department of Agriculture in order to get the necropsy results. The DOA finally responded last week with the weird decision to deny the release of the record on grounds of medical privacy. The response reads in part: "We are in receipt of your request for information (#W101407) under the auspices of the State’s
Open Public Records Act (O.P.R.A.). Specifically, you requested any and all reports associated with the necropsy of the dolphin that
strayed into the South River on August 5, 2015 in Middlesex County, New Jersey. This request
is denied as it would release information deemed confidential under O.P.R.A., specifically
information related to a medical diagnosis or evaluation. (E.O. 26, McGreevey)"
Comparing information and knowledge is like asking whether the fatness of a
pig is more or less green than the designated hitter rule."
-- David Guaspari