ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Michael Brown did not have a serious criminal conviction as a minor. That`s according to a Juvenile Court Officer who argued against releasing Brown`s juvenile record (if one exists). Two attorneys fought for the release. A St. Louis County Family Court Judge is now considering the arguments and her decision could come at any time.
Brown family attorney Anthony Gray also attended the hearing and said, 'To bring up someone`s past as a child and to somehow say that has some influence as to how they behave two years later, I just think is very unfair and very contradictory to public policy of the State of Missouri.'
Gray believes the juvenile officer made it clear in court that nothing exists.
Meanwhile, lawyer john Burns, who's representing Charles Johnson of GotNews.com, disagreed. He argued for full disclosure.
Reporter Charles Johnson said, 'The whole reason we filed this was to find out if law enforcement officials were telling the truth about Michael Brown.'
Burns added, 'There`s an entire record that`s being kept from us, we maintain, and we`re aiming to get it.'
Johnson and Burns say they still want to know if Brown ever faced juvenile charges. Burns said, 'It`s extremely common in juvenile court for juveniles to be charged with something, but to work some sort of a deal, you know pleading to a lesser charge or something like that, and the whole idea is they are juveniles, the State has an interest in rehabilitating them to preserve their future if possible, so it`s very common.'
Burns argued that Brown no longer needs that protection. Joseph Martineau made a similar argument on behalf of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Gray said even if a juvenile record existed, it`s not relevant. He said, 'How anything that occurred two years ago is somehow connected to the last few seconds of Mike Brown Jr`s life, I just don`t see any connection between the two. So it appears it`s just an effort as more character assassination as he tries to lay in peace.'
The juvenile court officer criticized the requests, calling it nothing more than 'public curiosity' with 'no legitimate interest.' She asked the Judge to protect the integrity of the juvenile court system. Both media attorneys said they`re also fighting for integrity, but in the form of government transparency.