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Newark Must Release Facebook Grant Emails, Says Judge

A judge has ordered Newark Mayor Cory Booker to release internal emails related to a $100 million grant to the city’s schools made by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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The ruling released Thursday by state Superior Court Judge Rachel Davidson stems from a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a group representing Newark schoolchildren.

The Associated Press and other news outlets also have made such requests.

Davidson rejected the city’s argument that the emails were exempt from New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act under executive privilege.

The emails were between Booker and others from September 2010 to June 2011.

Booker, Gov. Chris Christie and Zuckerberg announced the grant on Oprah Winfrey’s show in September 2010.

Booker’s office didn’t immediately comment on the ruling.

 

(Copyright by 2012 The Associate Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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