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Old 10-14-2005, 05:56 PM
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Hi everyone, I was not sure where to post this, but I need to know if the Federal government can release details of my husband's case and conviction to anyone who wants it?

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Old 10-16-2005, 02:48 PM
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I'm going to guess yes. Criminal records (federal or state) are public record and can be released to anyone. I don't think privacy laws apply to this.
I could be wrong, but I think in general, the records can be released by the courts. Not sure about the government themselves.
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Old 10-17-2005, 08:44 AM
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Federal and state records are public information and can be released. All one has to do in the case of state records is to go the clerk's office of the county of sentence and fill out a form. I've never obtained federal records, but I'm sure it's the same procedure. A person may have to file a FOIA request for those.
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If you Google, (I was looking for info on my Funeral Director's license, and also on Driver's License pages), you will be beseiged with ads for companies that will get you this info for $19.95. For another $10, they will get you financial info, property ownership, and all sorts of other stuff on just about anybody. I believe the only things that are private are one's medical records. And those can be sopena'ed in case of a Felony (but only a felony). That's a good reason for your MD to not put everything down in your file.
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Old 10-23-2005, 12:06 PM
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The replies provided to the inquiry above are accurate as pertaining to Public Records of both state and federal courts. However, on the administrative level such as police records, federal law enforcement agencies and correctional entities, such records can only be accessed by the subject of the inquiry giving their notarized consent as like pursuant to the Federal Privacy Act at 5 USC 552a and similar state provisions.
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