Michigan officer misused background check system
found guilty on “one misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of nonpublic information for personal use”. Lori Williams said that she used the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) to look up her father, her husband and a friend. LEIN was established in Michigan in 1967, and has been successfully used to serve Michigan’s criminal justice agencies. The Michigan State Police website claims the goal of LEIN to “assist the criminal justice community in the performance of its duties by providing and maintaining a computerized filing system of accurate and timely documented criminal justice information readily available to all criminal justice agencies” and goes on to state “Access to LEIN is restricted to criminal justice agencies or those agencies statutorily granted authorization”. Williams could have faced up to 93 days in jail, but the sentence imposed by the judge was a $100 fine and $250 in court costs. Williams ought to be reminded that these background screening processes are in place to protect innocent civilians, and not for personal use on friends and family.]]>
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