I have a distant relation whose father was convicted of grand theft (a felony) and served in a Missouri prison for about 2.5 years back in the late 1950s. From what I can gather, he had committed several such thefts and was eventually caught and arrested.
From his release until his death in the mid 1980s, he led an exemplary life. His son today is interested in getting his father’s criminal record expunged. This son told me he contacted an attorney about this matter some 15-20 years ago and after much legal footwork and appeals, the lawyer returned to tell him the records could not be expunged.
I’m now wondering if, with the passage of more time and perhaps the liberalization of laws, whether expungement might today be possible.
Would it help to approach Missouri’s governor, or a senator? Is there really nothing that can be done to expunge an almost 50-year-old felony record?