Sparks City Attorney agrees with decision to withhold accused gunman's name

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Updated: 10/24/2013 1:19 pm
The Sparks Police Department is continuing to withhold from the public the name of the student accused in Monday's shooting at Sparks Middle School.  Today Sparks City Attorney Chet Adams weighed in on the decision and said he agreed with it.  He said, "The incident remains under investigation and no document has been generated to release to the public."  He added, "The request for a name is a question, not a request for the release of a public document."  

He agreed there was no "shield law" in Nevada that would specifically prohibit the release of information of a juvenile but cited the Nevada law relative to court proceedings of juveniles.  They are protected under Nevada law.  However, Adams agreed the minor in question is deceased, and will not charges so therefore may not fall into this category of protection.

Adams said he had an obligation to let the citizenry of Sparks know what was going on in the City of Sparks and that he takes that obligation very seriously concluding, " I cannot in this situation jeopardize a criminal investigation by giving away a particular name," he said.

Recent Nevada Supreme Court rulings that indicate the State's High Court believes the law presumes all government-generated records are open to the public unless deemed by law to be confidential.  

KRNV News 4 has begun the process to file a formal request for access to public information to request the identity of the juvenile accused in the shooting to be released to the public.  

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