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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Ind. Law - "Changes to expungement process poses danger to public"

That is the headline to this $$$ story in today's Martinsville Reporter Times, reported by Keith Rhodes. All we can read without subscribing is:

MARTINSVILLE — Morgan County Prosecutor Steve Sonnega said the expungement law was bad when it first took effect July 1. Now it really puts the public in danger, he said.

Where the law previously kept expungement requests and their hearings open, changes in that law that went into effect in March when Gov. Mike Pence signed HEA1155 appear to close all proceedings to the public. Some interpretations suggest that even the request itself is not public record. The decision of the court to grant or deny expungement is also sealed.

Some readers may recall this list of ILB posts last fall, under the heading Morgan County prosecutor to challenge expungement."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 11, 2014 04:59 PM
Posted to Indiana Law