What Happened Today at #MichaelBrown Juvenile Court

Got News Sues To Get Michael Barnes's Juvenile Records Ferguson

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Gotnews.com and the St. Louis Post Dispatch filed two separate lawsuits to get Michael Brown’s juvenile records today in Clayton, MO. The venue was changed to accommodate the numerous members of the press.

There was no decision today and we don’t know when to expect it.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about what actually took place today.

My two St. Louis law enforcement sources told me that Michael Brown was involved in a second degree murder and was a gang member. I tweeted it, filed a sunshine request, and was denied. My counsel John Burns and I filed suit.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrongly reported that Cynthia Harcourt, who represents the St. Louis family court, said that Michael Brown had not been convicted of a “serious felony.” (No reporter has asked her what a “serious felony” even means.)

This argument was meant to sway the judge but Gotnews.com has never said Brown was convicted–only that he was involved in one. We still haven’t heard if he was charged or not. There are many ways in which someone could be present at a crime but never be charged with the underlying offense.

Juveniles, particularly those involved in gangs, aren’t usually convicted on a first offense. They are usually given probation, a plea bargain, or a reduced sentence.

This purported lack of a criminal conviction is entirely consistent with what GotNews.com sources said.

Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head, has a long rap sheet that includes gang activity. GotNews.com is currently working to obtain that entire arrest record but here are a few snapshots.

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Could it have been that his stepfather, a known member of a gang, offered a deal to free his stepson?

This is what is done in a lot of gang disputes and that’s what we’ve heard.

It helps to explain why Brown’s family members were wearing red at the funeral.

Of course we’ll never know the truth until those juvenile records are released.