Last week we reported that the St. Louis County Juvenile Court’s attorney told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Michael Brown had never been convicted of a felony as a juvenile, and was not facing any charges at the time of his death. At that time the judge in this case had not actually issued a ruling on the requests to release Brown’s records; but today that ruling came down: Judge Denies Request for Michael Brown’s Juvenile Records.
Chuck C. Johnson and Jim Hoft are now officially shut down. It’s over. You lose. Your bogus claims that Michael Brown was “involved in a second-degree murder” have proven to be scurrilous lies.
A circuit court judge in St. Louis County denied a request by the Post-Dispatch to release Michael Brown’s juvenile criminal records.
Cynthia Harcourt, a lawyer for county juvenile officer Kip Seely, had contested the release of any records, saying the integrity of the family court was on the line. In comments to a reporter after the hearing, she confirmed that Brown had never been found delinquent of the juvenile equivalents of Missouri’s class A and B felonies and was not facing any at the time he died.
Class A felonies include second-degree murder and first-degree robbery; class B felonies include voluntary manslaughter, second-degree robbery and first-degree burglary.
Those disclosures put to rest claims by a California-based blog and others that Brown was facing a murder charge at the time he was shot to death.