Lawyers for Planet Princeton and Princeton University are seeking to work out a settlement in a court case regarding public records related to a policing agreement between the town of Princeton and Princeton University.
Earlier this year, Planet Princeton filed a public records request seeking all policing agreements between the town’s police department and the university’s public safety department. The agreements cover who has jurisdiction over what geographical areas and what kinds of crimes on Princeton University property. The town denied the request altogether. A lawyer for the town said the request was denied after consulting with the university and the Mercer County Prosecutor.
After Planet Princeton filed a lawsuit objecting to the records denial in Mercer County Superior Court, the town reversed its position and released four agreements — three versions of an agreement between the school and the town regarding police jurisdiction and a fourth agreement regarding the handling of sexual assaults.
Princeton University objected to the release of maps and a chart that were attached to the agreements. Those documents were not released with the agreements.
The town is no longer part of the lawsuit, but the university has become a party in the lawsuit. Since then, Planet Princeton’s lawyer, Walter Luers, and Princeton University’s lawyer, James Lidon, have been seeking to negotiate a settlement. As part of those negotiations, the school released a redacted chart listing the types of service calls and criminal incidents that are part of the agreement.
Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson has granted a two-week adjournment in the case while lawyers for Planet Princeton and the university seek to reach a compromise in the case.