Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A defendant's prior probation reports are now available upon request at the Humboldt County Superior Court.

The Humboldt County Superior Court has completed a review of its policies and procedures governing the unsealing of a defendant’s prior probation reports when they are charged with a new crime. Court CEO Kerri Keenan said today that judges and court staff are all in agreement that, under the law, the court should make a defendant’s prior reports public if the defendant is charged with a new criminal complaint. - Thadeus Greenson/The Journal

The court’s policy change comes on the heels of the Journal’s push to gain access to the documents, which began shortly after the New Year’s Day slaying of St. Bernard’s Parrish Pastor Father Eric Freed.

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