Sep 12, 2013

(Washington Post) --- The National Review announced Wednesday that it is suing Newark Mayor and New Jersey Senate candidate Cory Booker (D) for records related to the murder of a teenager whom Booker said died in his arms after being shot.

Booker’s mayoral spokesman James Allen said late Wednesday that police had found the records and would provide them to the National Review on Thursday.

The conservative publication previously cast doubt on the existence of a drug-dealer named “T-Bone” whom Booker claimed to have befriended. It has also been digging into Booker’s claims that he held Wazn Miller in his arms as the teenager died of a gunshot wound in 2004.

Editor Rich Lowry said the publication had been “stonewalled” in its search for public records on the matter. It sued the City of Newark and the Newark Police Department.

“It should be easy to get more information about the Miller case. New Jersey is an open-records state,” Lowry wrote Wednesday afternoon. “Yet for weeks now, we have been stonewalled and given the run-around by everyone we’ve asked for help in obtaining the relevant police records.”

Lowry continued: “We’ve asked nicely, we’ve asked firmly, we’ve asked in every way imaginable, but gotten nowhere. It is much easier to learn about the most sensitive aspects of top-secret national-security programs than it is to get Newark police records related to that day.”

Allen, Booker’s mayoral spokesman, said in a written statement:
“The request in question was filed with Office of the City Clerk, the custodian of records that operates independently of the Office of the Mayor. Because no electronic police records exist for this time period and the Clerk’s search of microfilm records did not produce any results, the Clerk directed the Police Department to perform a manual search of hard copy archives. The Clerk notified the National Review that they anticipated a response on or before September 13th and did not receive an objection. Officials at the Police Department searched extensively and located hard copies of the incident report. The Clerk has indicated that the National Review will receive the records on Thursday, prior to the deadline.”
Allen also provided documentation to Post Politics showing that Newark police searched the microfilm on Aug. 29, came up with nothing and then asked for an extension on Aug. 30. The previous deadline was Monday; the city clerk asked for an extension until Friday.

Booker campaign spokesman Kevin Griffis said the National Review is playing politics.
“This is nothing more than a partisan stunt,” Griffis told Post Politics.

In a follow-up post in response to Allen’s announcement, Lowry wrote that he’ll reserve judgment on what city officials provide Thursday.

“We’ll see what they produce,” Lowry said.

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