Category Archives: Dept. of Justice (DOJ)

Kickstarter disavows responsibility in Coolest Cooler fiasco

“It’s hard to believe they’ll be able to maintain their position as the neutral broker of failed projects, with no liability whatsoever for the millions of dollars lost by so many backers.” Source: Kickstarter disavows responsibility in Coolest Cooler fiasco – oregonlive.com

Coolest Cooler calls it quits, admits thousands of backers will never get their coolers

Crowdfunding fiasco Coolest Cooler notified thousands of backers Friday night that it will never deliver the coolers it promised. The Portland company offered $20 in lieu of the $200 Kickstarter backers paid to launch the project five years ago. Source: Coolest Cooler calls it quits, admits thousands of backers will never get their coolers – […]
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Judge overturns manslaughter conviction in Leah Freeman death because crime lab failed to reveal DNA evidence

An Oregon judge overturned the manslaughter conviction against the boyfriend of a Coquille teen who disappeared in 2000 because the Oregon State Police crime lab failed to disclose that it had found another man’s DNA on the girl’s shoe. Source: Judge overturns manslaughter conviction in Leah Freeman death because crime lab failed to reveal DNA […]
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With $1 billion timber lawsuit, not all Oregon counties are big winners

When a jury in Linn County determined last week that the state had breached its contract with 13 rural counties by failing to maximize logging revenues on state land, the damage award was breathtaking. $1,065,919,400. The state plans to appeal — to the Supreme Court if necessary. In fact, Department of Justice lawyers spent a […]
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Oregon Secretary Of State Bev Clarno Properly Rejected Ballot Measures, Judge Rules

Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno faced backlash this year, after she rejected three proposed ballot measures filed by an environmental group, finding they were unconstitutionally overbroad. The rejections — coupled with what critics believe was an atypical process behind them — spurred a lawsuit challenging the decisions and a split between Attorney General Ellen […]
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New Oregon rule blunts ICE courthouse arrests

The rule is intended to maintain court access for immigrants. But ICE has signaled it’ll continue to make arrests. Citing a need to protect the integrity of the judicial system, Oregon’s top judge adopted a rule Thursday, Nov. 14, intended to restrict the ability of federal immigration agents from making arrests in the state’s courthouses. […]
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Oregon State Police investigate Salem travel agent amid complaints

Customers of a Salem travel agency claim the owner failed to properly book their trips, leaving them without accommodations and, in one case, without airplane tickets to get home from Japan. In 13 complaints filed with the Oregon Department of Justice, customers say the agency owes them more than $77,500. Source: Oregon State Police investigate Salem travel […]
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Why a new Oregon law seeks to improve how hate crimes are reported

In late October, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office won the first conviction under Oregon’s new hate crime law. The case involved a 50-year-old man who hurled slurs at two gay men before picking a fight with them. The conviction marks a shift in Oregon’s response to hate crimes under a new law passed earlier […]
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The High Cost Of Dissent In Grant County

A career police officer claims to be the latest target of an activist sheriff. Source: The High Cost Of Dissent In Grant County

Oregon’s E-Cigarette Problems Go Beyond the Vape Ban

“Attractive nuisance.” That’s the phrase Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum uses to explain Oregon’s recent surge of unrestricted teen e-cigarette use. In legal terms, “attractive nuisance” is the concept that a property owner can be held responsible for injuries sustained by a child trespassing on their property, if the owner has an item on their […]
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