Remember the QSAC letter that former Hoboken resident Theresa Burns distributed at the August 16th Board of Education meeting?
Here's the letter:
click to read
Well, a little brouhaha arose on Patch on August 17th; It seems that Ms. Burns had handed out one color-copy on white paper to former BoE member Jean Marie Mitchell, the rest distributed were black print on blue paper.
The question of whether this was an original copy and how it got in the hands of Ms. Burns was bandied about.
Ms. Burns provided an OPRA document link for folks to obtain our own, full-color electronic copies of the QSAC letter. I tried it but got an "internal server error message".
The Patch exchange continued into the next day, August 18th.
I confess things got a little heated; Ms. Burns suggested someone had an accident in my Cheerios and I got persnickity too. But then we emailed offline, and it was a nice, civil exchange. I said I admired her moxie- true. And she forwarded a full-color .pdf of the OPRA'd QSAC letter. On August 18th.
Well, the question of how the letter came into the hands of Ms. Burns on August 16 seemed to be solved; it was OPRAed sometime between July 8th and August 16th.
GA was curious about who OPRA'd the QSAC letter, because Ms. Burns never said she'd done it, just that the document was procured via OPRA request.
So I put in 2 OPRA requests: one asked for ALL QSAC letter requestors in July, the other for August.
Well... the July results came back first, on August 24:
Dear Ms. Pincus,I am writing to let you know that no responsive records were found for your OPRA request #W60776. The attached records receipt shows that your request is now filled and closed.Thank you.Maria CasaleActing OPRA Custodian
From my request receipt:
So no one had OPRA'd the QSAC letter in July. What about August?
The answer came the next day. There was a single OPRA request for the QSAC letter.
It was made on August 17th. AFTER the BoE meeting.
The requestor lives at 15 Church Towers, I digitized the other identifying information.
Has this cleared up how the document was copied and distributed at the BoE on August 16th?
(Update, 6:40 pm)
GA just checked Patch to find a lively discussion on today's topic.
And this post by tburns caught my eye because it ends this way: " If all were peachy keen- I would not need to protect my sources. But I do."
Which can be interpreted as tburns admitting the document was improperly obtained (in a "not-peachy keen way") so she "needs" to protect her sources from any legal consequences.
GA thinks Burns is one smart gal. I do think she slipped up here. Her last line contains a consciousness-of-wrongdoing.
But you know, this is Hoboken. I am not betting on legal consequences.