Judge Denies Release of Michael Brown's Juvenile Records

A request to release the juvenile record of Michael Brown made by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has been denied by a circuit court judge.  "Family Court Judge Ellen Levy Siwak issued the denial Tuesday without stating a reason."

The newspaper had filed a petition on August 22 to release Brown's records. Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

In a hearing last week, the newspaper argued there was heavy public interest in learning about Brown’s background, and that there was no reason after his death to protect him from the stigma of a juvenile record.

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.

Harcourt told a reporter 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.