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2 Lawsuits Seek Possible Juvenile Records of Michael Brown

Kevin Killeen (@KMOXKilleen)
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A demonstrator holds a sign reading, "Dont Shoot", with a picture of Michael Brown on August 17, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. Violent outbreaks have taken place in Ferguson since the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

A demonstrator holds a sign reading, “Dont Shoot”, with a picture of Michael Brown on August 17, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. Violent outbreaks have taken place in Ferguson since the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A St. Louis County judge is scheduled to hear arguments this morning in a pair of lawsuits seeking the release of any juvenile crime records of Michael Brown, the man shot and killed by police in Ferguson.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch and the online news site GotNews have both filed suit for release of any juvenile records Brown may have.

Supporters of the release say juvenile court privacy laws are designed to protect the living, not the dead.

Opponents say even the dead should have their juvenile records kept private.

Brown turned 18 in May, a few months before the shooting, and had no adult criminal record. The release of a store surveillance tape allegedly showing Brown stealing a box of cigars and shoving a clerk was blamed for inflaming tensions on the streets of Ferguson.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s office tells KMOX it will not be seeking any juvenile records on Brown for its grand jury proceedings into the fatal shooting, because in the words of a spokesman, it’s not relevant.

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