Category Archives: Dept. of Justice

Crook County DA appointed as state judge

Gov. Kate Brown this week appointed Crook County District Attorney Daina A. Vitolins as a judge on Oregon’s 22nd Judicial District Circuit Court, which covers Crook and Jefferson counties. Vitolins, who has served as Crook County District Attorney since 2008, will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Gary Lee Williams. Source: Crook […]
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DA says judge isn’t ‘fair and impartial,’ steers criminal cases away from her

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has taken the unusual step of deciding to no longer bring criminal cases before Circuit Judge Judith Matarazzo after determining she isn’t “fair and impartial.” Source: DA says judge isn’t ‘fair and impartial,’ steers criminal cases away from her | OregonLive.com

New records show why FBI, DOJ forced Oregon to end Kitzhaber inquiry

Newly released documents make clear just how uncomfortable FBI and U.S. Justice Department officials were in 2015 when Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum tried to participate in a joint investigation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber. Source: New records show why FBI, DOJ forced Oregon to end Kitzhaber inquiry | OregonLive.com

Former Oregon Department of Energy official Joe Colello pleads guilty to bribe taking

The state Justice Department says a former Oregon Department of Energy official has pleaded guilty to accepting over $291,000 in kickbacks in connection with the sale of state energy tax credits. Source: Former Oregon Department of Energy official Joe Colello pleads guilty to bribe taking

Governor appoints Crook County DA Vitolins as judge

Governor Kate Brown announced Tuesday she will appoint Crook County District Attorney Daina Vitolins as a judge to Oregon’s 22nd Judicial District Circuit Court, which encompasses Crook and Jefferson counties. Source: Governor appoints Crook County DA Vitolins as judge – KTVZ

State ethics panel resumes initial Kitzhaber-Hayes investigation

In the wake of federal prosecutors’ decision not to file criminal charges against former Gov. John Kitzhaber and fiancee Cylvia Hayes, the Oregon Government Ethics Commission will resume its investigation, which was suspended for more than two years while the federal probe was underway. Source: State ethics panel resumes initial Kitzhaber-Hayes investigation – KTVZ

Oregon to resume ethics review of Gov. John Kitzhaber, Cylvia Hayes

A state ethics inquiry into former Gov. John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes is back on. Source: Oregon to resume ethics review of Gov. John Kitzhaber, Cylvia Hayes

Oregon state official admits taking bribes: ‘I’m dirty’

A former official with the Oregon Department of Energy has pleaded guilty to accepting $291,017 in kickbacks in connection with the sale of state energy tax credits, prosecutors said. Source: Oregon state official admits taking bribes: ‘I’m dirty’ | OregonLive.com

Oregon Ethics Commission will resume review of Kitzhaber, Hayes

State watchdog had put case on hold, but will take up again in wake of criminal probe’s recent closure While the criminal probe of former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his First lady, Cylvia Hayes, has ended, they now will undergo scrutiny from the Oregon Government Ethics Commission. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Oregon Ethics Commission […]
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High court to review Bend rape case

The Oregon Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Bray appeal in November. The Oregon Supreme Court has agreed to review a lower court’s decision regarding a Bend rape case that received national attention in 2012. The decision in the case could ultimately lead to a retrial in Deschutes County. The high court will hear […]
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