Monday, June 16, 2008

Endangering Child Welfare

In the northern stretches of the Fourth Department, a Jefferson County city court judge has recently issued a couple of rulings regarding the sealing of records in EWOC cases. By keeping the records open, even if the plea was to a lesser charge, his goal is to maintain a public record of the original offense as a warning against entrusting children to these persons.

An admirable goal, but the cynical and/or Constitutional rights obsessed amongst us might question whether a plea to another charge should be treated as a plea to the unproven/unadmitted Endangering the Welfare charge.


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