Originally Posted by zath the champ
While I am not a lawyer; a simple search on laws regarding matters that cannot be released publicly showed a few quick and easy to understand scenarios that EXIST (spell check comes on your phone I would assume).
1) *Sealing Sensitive Court Records*
A major factor the judge's considered is age. Court records involving children under age 18 are sealed; records and courtroom hearings can't be read by anyone except the parties involved, their lawyers, and the judge. Some exceptions apply, such as when a teenager gets a traffic ticket, or when an older teenager (age 16 or 17) is charged with a crime.
Even in those cases, if sensitive information about the minor could be discovered, the parties might ask the judge to seal the court records or not allow the public into the courtroom. Adoptions, juvenile delinquency, abuse and neglect of children and termination of parental rights' cases are always sealed. In these cases, only the parties named, their attorneys and the judge are allowed to be present in the courtroom.
2)*Media Access to Juvenile Records*
Access to a person's juvenile crime records is much more restricted than access to adult crime records. Most states consider juvenile crime records confidential and will deny the public and media access. Access to juvenile records is usually only granted to certain persons and organizations, such as:
Local, state and federal law enforcement
The juvenile's attorney
Victims or potential victims
Access to juvenile crime records may not be automatic. Persons or organizations seeking access might have to get court permission by making a showing of good cause, and even then, the court may have the authority to deny the request in its discretion.
Released by law enforcement. If the media finds something they are free to run it. How do you think so much horrific shit is run in some magazines or news papers. Also none of that says anything about the media running a story, it is what the media can search and read.
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