Is there any guidance on attaching criminal records?
First I am wondering if FS has any general guidance on whether and when to attach criminal records to a profile.
Secondly, I have a test case to put out there with an invitation for thoughts or ideas for improvement.
I have a person (L6MY-QMM) who was sentenced for a fairly heinous crime. The young accuser later recanted their accusation (and then later recanted that) which eventually led to my person's parole. These details are just to outline the complexity of my person's situation.
By default, I'm disinclined to attach events or sources of severe crimes. I'm more flexible on minor offenses as they may follow unjust laws and don't badly reflect on character. For crimes like my person was accused of, I see little benefit from insuring these things follow them around after they've died. Doubly so since my person's guilt is far from sure.
All that said, there are newspaper clippings of his trial with important information. The articles mention his aged parents. This is important because we have little information about his father (his mother died in his infancy) - but living, aged parents indicate that his father remarried and both were alive at the time of his trial.
I believe these criminal sources are helpful to establishing details about his father. I wasn't able to turn them into records of his father but perhaps a later researcher will.
Thanks for your consideration.