Michael Brown’s Juvenile Record Contains No Top Felonies
The slain Ferguson, Missouri teenager’s history should be irrelevant at this point but the court of public opinion demanded to see if Michael Brown had any prior convictions. The St. Louis-Dispatch went to court to the force the release of the victim’s records, if any existed at all. Charles C. Johnson, a conservative journalist with an online news site, also filed a request.
[su_center_ad]A Missouri court official said on Wednesday that the victim was never convicted of a serious A-level or B-level felony as a juvenile and was not facing any charges at the time of his death, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
According to Cynthia Harcourt, a lawyer for St. Louis County Juvenile Officer Kip Seeley, there were no convictions or active cases for the most serious types of felonies.
Class A felonies include second-degree murder and first-degree robbery; the penalties in adult court range from 10 years in prison to death. Class B felonies include voluntary manslaughter, second-degree robbery and first-degree burglary, with a maximum penalty of five to 15 years.
It is not known whether Brown had ever been accused of lesser offenses; any record of those would be part of a confidential family court file. In a hearing before St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge Ellen Levy Siwak, Joseph E. Martineau of Lewis Rice & Fingersh, attorney for the Post-Dispatch, acknowledged in the hearing that most juvenile court records are confidential under Missouri law.
But he argued that the primary reason to keep them confidential — to protect a child from entering adulthood with the stigma of a criminal record — expired with Brown’s death. He said Siwak had the discretion to open the files, and said there was heavy public interest in the details of Brown’s life. Harcourt derided the claim as pure media curiosity that should not lead the judge to open any confidential records. The judge took the issue under advisement.
You see how the Dispatch slipped, “it is unknown whether Brown had been accused of lesser offenses” in there? There must be something. Dig media, dig deeper. The victim’s character has not been assassinated enough, apparently. Now, I’m sure the Dispatch and Charles Johnson will want to vet Darren Wilson’s history, since he was the one who pulled the trigger approximately 11 times. Wilson failed to file an incident report, which is a requirement.
This is what Charles Johnson claimed on August 19th.
— Charles C. Johnson (@ChuckCJohnson) August 18, 2014