ABA considers plan restricting access to arrest, court records -

Full story: Baltimore Sun
The public could lose access to certain arrest and court records, even those of people convicted of serious crimes, under a proposal being considered by the nation's largest organization of lawyers. Full Story
concerned non lawyer

United States

#1 Aug 9, 2007
Yeah, leave it to the lawyers to try to fleece more people. Guess who would be able to get access? right! the lawyers! Shakespeare was right.
Doug

Aberdeen, MD

#2 Aug 9, 2007
Arrest and criminal records need to remain public. There can be a sunset provision where they drop off after 7 years of good behavior, like bankruptcy. Providing there are no new charges or convictions. I want to know when I rent a home that the person I am renting to has been convicted of assult 5 times in the past 10 years. My health and well being as a law abiding citizen depends on that information. Criminals do not have the right to have the record of their crimes hidden. If you can hide the record of crime did the crime really occur?
Dave

Baltimore, MD

#3 Aug 9, 2007
They are public records. It can't be any simpler.
flyingcow

Grasonville, MD

#4 Aug 9, 2007
Let's see--lawyers have given us criminals' rights, over victims' rights--felons voting--constitutional protections to members of the "religion of peace" who try to kill Americans--legal rights to man-boy love--the abolition of Christmas, and oh, so many other rights and legalities that have made America so much better over the past 35 years--now, lawyers want to expunge criminal records--ha, ha, ha--the people are sharpening their pitchforks and gathering their ropes, as they keep in mind the quote from Willie Shakespeare alluded to in an earlier post by Concerned, "First thing we do, we kill all the lawyers..."--Dick the Butcher in HENRY VI (Part 2), by William Shakespeare, who knew the score about lawyers even though he had the good fortune never knew anyone from the ABA or the ACLU...
Bill Slider

Washington, DC

#7 Aug 9, 2007
Should the proposal become law, then we would all be wise to consider anyone and everyone a convicted felon. That would not lend itself well to opening up our society and reaching out for greater inclusion. If a person has a criminal record, the public has a right to know. It does not mean I should, or will, choose to turn the person away, but it does say proceed with caution, particularly in any endeavor that is similar to their past illegal activity.

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