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hands of the public as souvenirs or for other purposes. Apparently, we
shall be forced to have legislation defining the terms "disposal" and

August 8, 1963
Hon. Thomas B. Finan, Attorney General

Dear Mr. Finan:

From time to time I am asked by clerks of court whether it is
possible to dispose of the records of their court which are not in book
or paper form. Primarily, these records consist of exhibits in court
cases. For example, in the clerk's record space at the courthouse in La
Plata, there are shotguns, revolvers, rifles and other firearms, in addition
to animal and fish traps, tongs and rakes. Every clerk considers these
exhibits as true records and feels therefore that he must keep them

Do you think that these are records in the true sense of the
statutes governing record-keeping in the offices of the clerks of court?
Would it be possible for them to be put on schedule by the Hall of
Records Commission, to be destroyed after a certain length of time? If
this is not possible, do you think that this situation might be remedied by

Surely there must be some way to avoid the use of valuable
storage space in the courthouses for exhibits of this kind, which are
never used after the first trial. Even then, I am advised that most of
these items are never brought into court but their existence is stipulated
by the opposing attorneys.

With best wishes—

Sincerely yours,

Morris L. Radoff

September 20, 1963
Dr. Morris L. Radoff

Dear Dr. Radoff:

Your letter of August 8, 1963, addressed to the Honorable
Thomas B. Finan, has been referred to me for answer.


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