Idaho v. GurneyAnnotate this Case
Defendant-Appellant Robert Gurney pled guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. He then successfully completed drug court. Upon completion, he requested and received a dismissal of the charge. He also requested that the record of his criminal case be sealed, pursuant to I.C.A.R 32(i), on the basis of economic hardship. The district court denied this second request. It subsequently denied Defendant's request to change the caption of this case on appeal to an abbreviated version of his name which would conceal his identity. Defendant appealed both decisions. Upon review, the Supreme Court concluded the district court did not err by denying Defendant's motion to seal his records or amend the caption of his case: "[a]s the district court recognized that the decision was committed to its discretion, recognized and applied the applicable legal standard, and did so through the exercise of reason, [the Court was] unable to conclude that the decision was an abuse of discretion."