Idaho Supreme Court justices rejected a man's bid to have a misdemeanor drug conviction purged from his record, something he'd sought after he was blocked from a job as a state prison guard.
The state high court ruled this week the man — whose name isn't being released because his crimes occurred when he was under 18 — was only entitled to such relief for convictions prosecuted under Idaho's Juvenile Corrections Act.
He'd already won that, for burglary and theft convictions.
But his 1999 drug paraphernalia conviction was prosecuted as a misdemeanor, under another section of Idaho code.
Consequently, justices ruled Idaho courts had no authority to provide the relief he'd requested.
The man argued he'd rehabilitated his life, served in the U.S. Army in Iraq and was attending college.