Court Fight over Michael Brown’s Possible Juvenile Records

Allen Zagier

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) A judge is reviewing a request by two media organizations to release any possible juvenile records of the unarmed 18-year-old who was killed by a police officer last month in suburban St. Louis.

The 45-minute hearing Wednesday before a St. Louis County family court judge didn’t reveal whether Michael Brown has such a record. The central legal question is whether Brown’s privacy rights extend beyond the grave.

Anthony Gray, attorney for Brown family, calls attempt to release possible juvenile records "character assassination."

Anthony Gray, attorney for Brown family, calls attempt to release possible juvenile records “character assassination.”

Juvenile records are confidential in Missouri. Police have said Brown had no adult criminal record. A lawyer for the county juvenile office said only that Brown was never charged with a serious felony.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a northern California online journalist are seeking release of all of Brown’s juvenile records, if any exist. A Brown family attorney called the requests “shameful.”

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