Court Computer Glitch

Some case histories affected by computer problem.

Findlay Municipal Court officials say they believe a relatively small number of cases were affected by a computer glitch that skewed some old criminal cases. In some cases, the records now show people being convicted of misdemeanors they never committed. That means some incorrect criminal histories could be shown to people who may view the records via computer, such as potential employers and financial agencies.

A former Findlay resident who now lives in Michigan discovered the problem earlier this month while straightening out an outstanding warrant from an 11-year-old assault case. He says he learned his criminal history contained three vehicular homicide convictions which actually were for a simple assault. Municipal Judge Vern Preston says that once the computer people isolate the affected cases, court employees will manually go through them, one at a time, and correct the mistakes.