Her son's troubles were not something Brewer discussed much with colleagues during her 14 years in the Legislature, nor in her time on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors or her six years as secretary of state. But nothing was hidden: The records were open.
That all changed, though, in January 2009. Just days before she was scheduled to be sworn in as governor, her son's lawyer convinced Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Pendleton Gaines to seal the entire criminal record.
Such action is relatively unheard of in Maricopa County.
Aaron Nash, a special counsel to the Clerk of Superior Court, said there were 40,000 criminal cases handled in 2009. Out of that, he said, just four were sealed.