Mr. S. was arrested in October 2012 by U.S. Capitol Police for “failure to produce ID while walking”—conduct that is not a crime. The prosecutor dropped the charge at Mr. S.’s arraignment after he had spent a weekend in jail.

After negotiations with the Capitol Police, we filed a motion in Superior Court in June 2014 seeking the sealing of his arrest records on the grounds that he was innocent. The Superior Court ordered the D.C. Attorney General to respond, as he was the relevant prosecutor. In August, the Attorney General filed a “concession” stating that the court could find by a preponderance of the evidence that Mr. S. did not commit the “crime” for which he was arrested and charged. In September 2014, the court entered an order sealing the records.



Pro Bono Law Firm(s)

Adam Pulver

Date filed

October 1, 2012