Although I am also slightly torn, I understand why this has to be the case. As we know, data about people is treated very differently from other data in law in most countries. I think almost all commentators here welcome the concept of privacy and the rules around it.
Along with those come other laws which are not so widely accepted but are of the same type. These include the things like the concept of "spent convictions", as well as the "fair reporting" issues in this case.
The bottom line is that there are many laws which affect what can be stored in or reported in a dossier about a person. If I ask an agency to prepare a dossier on a potential hire for me they are not allowed, under law, to include things like spent convictions, and would be clearly committing libel if they included this lawyer's charge without mentioning his exoneration.
Nowadays there is no reason to go to an agency to ask them to prepare a dossier: you just use a search engine. So, to protect both the subject and the opportunity for research agencies to compete, it is clear that search engines must be forced to apply the relevant privacy and other rules when providing information about people.
Bottom line: if you search for things other than people you can reasonably expect a search engine to provide a list of pages matching the search term. But if your search is about people the search engine must apply the relevant country-specific laws about providing personal information.