The public's right to know up against a person's right to a second chance
Legislators in several states are attempting to decide what's more important - the public's right to know or a convicted criminal's right to a second chance?
Advocates across the country are urging passage of protections they hope would give ex-offenders a better shot at a new life by erasing their criminal pasts. And while these efforts have failed before, a handful of bills expanding the type of records sealed recently gained traction in New York, New Mexico and Illinois.
The bills are facing strong opposition from media advocates, businesses that rely on criminal background checks before …