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Associated Press

Mar 14, 2008, 10:28:36 PM3/14/08
Criminal records now available for public access

By Michael Smith

NEW YORK (AP) - Criminal records, once previously available only to police
and federal law enforcement, are now available to the general public.

Bankruptcy records, DMV records, lost relatives, and various other civil
records have been made available to the public through the Freedom of
Information Act and the Patriot Act. People from all over America are now
using to view information on
potential employees, friends, and lovers.

"I never thought I would find information like this!" says Julia Lee, who
recently used the website to find out private information on a potential
business partner. "He was seriously in debt, and had pending criminal
charges!" she said.

Christopher Jones, of the Institute for Access to Information said this
opens up a whole new world to private citizens. "Previously, you never had
the ability to find out this kind of information."

"Now, anyone will have the ability to get any kind of records they want, on
almost any individual."

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Mar 15, 2008, 11:04:09 AM3/15/08

Yes, spammer, for $50 one can find a criminal record on David Paul
Waters, Rutherfordton, NC for breaking and entering and grand
larceny. And for another $50 one can find the same record on his co-
defendant, Darryl Keith Fisher.
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