Can a prosecutor discuss my settled case with my employer?

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Can a prosecutor discuss my settled case with my employer?

After my name and case was published in the local newspaper, my HR manager asked me about it.

He had more details than were published. The manager is former mayor of the town which leads me to believe that he has a personal relationship with the prosecutor. Do I have any recourse against the prosecutor if he gave additional details of my settled case?

Asked on July 26, 2017 under Criminal Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unless there was a court order sealing or expunging your case, there is no restriction on a prosecutor's right to discuss it with anyone. Just because your case was settled does not restrict the right of anyone with knowledge of it, including a prosecutor, to discuss it. So long as the prosecutor told the truth, you would not have recourse; if he lied, in that he made false factual statements (not opinons; they must be false factual assertions) which put you in bad light or damaged your reputation, you may be able to sue him for defamation.


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