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Lawyers Have Chance To Be Heard on Public Records Act Revisions Dear Editor: In response to your article about the New Jersey Privacy Study Commission [" Lawyers Oddly Mum," July 28], I am writing to let you know that the commission hopes to release a preliminary report in September 2003. The preliminary report will address Executive Order 26, in which the Governor specifically directed the commission “to study the issue of whether and to what extent the home address and home telephone number of citizens should be made publicly available by public agencies.” We will then have an open public comment period, with at least three hearings in October (one each in North, South and Central Jersey). The bar will have ample opportunity to respond to the preliminary report. We hope to elicit comments this Fall before delivering a final report on the home address issue. The Privacy Study Commission also wants to elicit general comments on privacy and open public records. The deadline for our final report on this broader question is one year from now, July 2004. Anyone interested in submitting comments can do so by visiting the commission’s Web site: www.nj.gov/privacy/ . Thank you very much for generating interest in the Privacy Study Commission. Grayson Barber Princeton Amendment Needed To Define Marriage Dear Editor: If the Lawrence v. Texasruling, striking down legislation that criminalizes sexual activity between two consenting adults in private, was narrowly interpreted to simply this, who could object? Whatever people do consensually in the privacy of their homes is protected by basic privacy. But the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision is broader than this. The Texas statute was struck down by the due process clause of the U.S. Constitution, which makes the holding much broader than simply an element of privacy. This case may be used as a further stepping stone, as Justice Antonin Scalia noted, in the homosexual agenda. The next step will be same-sex marriage, which also will be argued under the due process clause. To offset this once and for all, we need a constitutional amendment, XXVII, which should read as follows: Marriage is hereby exclusively defined as a commitment or act between one adult or emancipated man and one adult or emancipated woman. No court or legislature in the United States shall have the power to define marriage otherwise. Peter J. Riga Houston Lowenstein Sandler Donated DYFS Fees Dear Editor: Your article on the legal costs involved in the settlement of the foster care class-action suit [" DYFS Case Legal Costs Top $4.5M," July 28] accurately reported that Lowenstein Sandler had waived some $1.05 million in legal fees (in exchange for the state’s commitment to apply a like amount to hire additional case workers and supervisors) and that the firm had been awarded $150,000 in legal fees. What the article did not mention is that we had negotiated the $150,000 on behalf of our co-counsel, Children’s Rights Inc., and had advised the state that we would donate those fees to CRI upon receipt to help defer additional unreimbursed expenses they sustained. Douglas S. Eakeley Roseland

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