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First prenups…now background checks?

The question was pretty stark and pretty direct, but there it was on the Daily Press website:

Was Your Wife a Criminal?

Gee, I didn’t run a background check before we got married.

The provocative query sounds like the title of a 1950s film noir. Or maybe it brings to mind the plot from a bad TV show, in which the hero gets a really big surprise. The line comes from an ad for one of those online criminal records sites.

I have to wonder how many people are going to use this service to look up a spouse…is non-disclosed past criminal activity really a problem in this country?

Here’s some comfort for anyone who meets their mate in law school: The character and fitness people at the bar examiners’ office will out anyone with a shady past, so you can rest easy.

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