Criminal records to be kept from publ...

Criminal records to be kept from public, media

There are 6 comments on the Los Angeles Times story from Oct 24, 2006, titled Criminal records to be kept from public, media. In it, Los Angeles Times reports that:

California prosecutors are no longer releasing routine information about defendants, including their criminal histories and parole or probation status.

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Mario A

Redmond, WA

#1 Oct 25, 2006
When an individual commits a crime against the people of the state, in my opinion gives up his right to annonminity regarding his criminal history and/or current criminal status. The people of this state have a right to defend and safeguard themselves against individuals who have no regard for the law or for the people's lives it affects.
It is one thing to be rehabilitated from a criminal history and looking to normailze your life and conform to society, but it is entirely something else to expect privacy from a continued history of parole violations and crimes against the public.
George Orwell

Waukegan, IL

#2 Oct 27, 2006
When the DMV, Junk Mailers, private investigators, private information companies, and the government have and sale information about all individuals to multiple databases globally, as the world is today, it's a dangerous thing. My wife's family are firemen and cops and they used restricted databases and private investigators to go thru my life with a fine toothed comb in order to try to blackmail me into not divorcing her so that they could make some money. Prosecutors have families too as do police and polititions. Dig up some dirt on them or their families, display it an anonomous fashion that you have this information, and they're liable to make adjustments to their duties too. Why do you think Clinton got all of the FBI files on all of the republicans, dirt, just like J. Edgar Hoover. So once someone does their time and is accused of another crime, goes before a jury that has never dealt with the police before or have never had a bad experience with the system before, as the prosecutng attornies make sure of by eliminating jurors, what chance do they have of not getting convicted by a jury not of their peers. Maybe they should put some people who are in prison in some of the jury pools, because they are citizens too and then the juries would more accurately reflect the overall composition of the general public. You ever lived next to a federal prison gaurd or someone related to a fed and one day they come over and have a beer with you and ask you why you were such an angry child in elementary school 2000 miles away 35 years ago. You have to give and take let some of the past go, go after real criminals, and avoid people from targeting you with information for monetary gains as a society. Look at the private investigators going after Hollywood Stars and hiring LAPD to use their computers to infiltrate peoples lives to get dirt on them to blackmail them. They had no search warrant(s) by a judge to go after the personal effects of these people and personal information. It's a brave new world and with the judicial system allowing jailhouse informants to testify against people to get out of jail and get some money, prosecutors knowingly, willfully, maliciously, and unlawfully allowing purged testimony in court rooms to get convictions, and all of the mini-Ramparts out there planting evidence and taking political prisoners to fill the prisons to make sure that they have a job in the future and rise through the ranks, it's a bad situation getting worse.
Brittany cameren

Warner Robins, GA

#3 Oct 31, 2006
There has been alot of things happining in lancaster and i think you guys should start off by looking in the streets gang violence dru dellers and what not because that is most of where the crime come froms. So maybe instead of worring about records so much why don't you worry about these crimrs neighborhoods and kids are suffering so the question is what are you going to do about it. and even if so if the crimnal did'nt do such a stupid crime and then the media would not talk about it. Do your part police my friend died and in 2004 my friend also got shot 19 tomes talk to the kids in scools really talk to AVHS please help i koe you guys are trying but try harder please. Help Lancaster while it has a chance God Bless you
D Dominguez

Auburn Hills, MI

#4 Nov 1, 2006
Another road block for people who cannot afford an attorney and who wish to defend themselves against alleged crimes charges, in civil law suits, against stalkers, to investigate somebody their child may be associating with, to investigate before hiring, etc. Indigent defendants are provided with an attorney at taxpayers expense. Taxpayers have to defend themselves or hire expensive attorneys. The DA is making life very difficult for the average citizen who just wants to know who their child is associating with when he goes out with friends, who is the new guy working for them, who is the shady person living with their neighbor only a few feet from their front door, etc. The public pays for legal represntation, prosecution, incarceration, parole, etc. Therefore, the public has a right to know who they are spending their tax dollars on.
Mark Smith

Glendora, CA

#5 Feb 4, 2011
You won't get to see what I did anymore, I LIKE THIS.

San Dimas, CA

#6 Feb 4, 2011
Very sad in deed that a deadbeat, who posted #1,#2,#3,#4.#5 = Glendora California.....!

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