Waterloo Doctor Wants His Assault Case Records Sealed


By Belinda Yeung

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A 58-year-old Iowa doctor is trying seal court records about his domestic-assault case.

The Des Moines Register reports that Dr. Henry Snead says the incident is embarrassing and that public awareness of his case and access to the court documents are harmful to his medical practice.

Snead, who works in Waterloo and Mason City, was charged in 2007 with domestic assault causing bodily injury. He later pleaded guilty to reduced charges of disorderly conduct and harassment.

Snead is suing the Black Hawk County court clerk to seal the clerk's copy of the court file and have the case excised from the state's online court records.

Representing the state, Assistant Attorney General Pamela Griebel argues that Snead's wish to avoid embarrassment doesn't outweigh the public's right to access court information.

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