The St. Louis County Circuit Court confirmed that Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, had no major felony convictions or charges as a juvenile.
The revelation comes after professional media organizations, including GotNews.com and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch fought in court for the public's right to know about what an unarmed, eighteen-year-old did as a minor in the years before he was shot and killed by Wilson.
According to the Post-Dispatch:
Michael Brown was never found delinquent of the juvenile equivalents of any Class A or B felony charges, and was not facing any at the time he died, a court official said this morning at a hearing on whether his juvenile records should be released...
Class A felonies include second-degree murder and first-degree robbery; the penalties in adult court range from 10 years in prison to death. Class B felonies include voluntary manslaughter, second-degree robbery and first-degree burglary, with a maximum penalty of five to 15 years.
However, the Post-Dispatch and GotNews.com were unsuccessful in getting every detail of Brown's childhood actions before his death:
It is not known whether Brown had ever been accused of lesser offenses; any record of those would be part of a confidential family court file.
The lack of information regarding what -- if any -- C felonies or lesser offenses, such as littering citations, Brown may have had left some feeling there were still too many questions about the young, unarmed man shot and killed by a police officer.
One of those questioning was conservative blogger Charles C. Johnson, who was alongside Post-Dispatch attorneys to get access to Brown's records. Johnson said that just because one was never convicted of a crime, that doesn't mean that the person might have suspected of doing something at some point in their life:
In order to further serve the public with highly relevant information to this controversial case, Riverfront Times announced it is seeking access to Wilson's juvenile records.
That process is still ongoing. However, it has been recently discovered that Wilson, while a senior on the St. Charles West inline hockey team, was ejected from a game for being the "third man in" and receiving a 10-minute game misconduct.
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