BRUCE B. WILLIAMS, Appellant (Plaintiff),
TERRILL R. THARP, as Circuit Court Judge, Appellee (Defendant).
from the District Court of Campbell County The Honorable John
R. Perry, Judge
Representing Appellant: Pro se.
Representing Appellee: Peter K. Michael, Attorney General;
Ryan T. Schelhaas, Deputy Attorney General; Mackenzie
Williams, Senior Assistant Attorney General; Jonathan C.
Coppom, Assistant Attorney General.
BURKE, C.J., and HILL, DAVIS, and KAUTZ, JJ., and LAVERY,
LAVERY, District Judge.
Mr. Williams asked the Circuit Court for the Sixth Judicial
District for a copy of part of a presentence investigation
report in a criminal case. The circuit court denied his
request. He brought a petition for a writ of mandamus asking
the district court to require that the circuit court release
the records. The district court dismissed the case. He
appeals, claiming a constitutional right as a member of the
public to access these records. Because he did not present
his constitutional arguments to the district court, we
Mr. Williams states the issue on appeal as follows verbatim:
1. Has the 6th Judicial District and the Circuit
Court for Campbell County violated my rights to:
(1) The U.S. Constitutions First Amendment right to free
speech and Wyoming's Article 1, Section 20. "Freedom
of speech and press; libel; truth a defense." and/or
(2) The U.S. Constitutions Sixth Amendment right to criminals
having a ". . . public trial"? (Emphasis
(3) The Wyoming State Constitution Article 1, Section 8.
"Courts open to all; suits against state." By
denying me a copy of the presentence report in Criminal Case
No. 6949 State Of Wyoming vs Rhoda R. Steel because they
claim the information was gathered during a presentence
report by the Wyoming Department of Probation and Parole?
circuit court restates the same issue and raises two
I. An appellant generally cannot raise an argument for the
first time on appeal. Bruce Williams did not raise a Sixth
Amendment argument at the district court. Should ...