The legal move drew outrage from some child welfare advocates, says the Chicago Tribune, but legal experts defended the action by Officer Jason Van Dyke‘s lawyers, saying the defense has a duty to pursue all possible evidence in preparation for trial. The court-ordered release of a video showing Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times has caused a firestorm of controversy in Chicago.
Cook County Judge Patricia Martin will rule on the request for access to the court files. The state’s Juvenile Court Act governs who may review these typically confidential court files. The Tribune was granted access to read the voluminous records several months ago for a story on McDonald’s tragic young life. But it is rare for defendants in criminal cases to seek access to another person’s juvenile records.