Category Archives: Judicial Dept.

Oregon Court of Appeals delays release of Kate Brown’s bill concepts

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Friday allowed Gov. Kate Brown’s administration to delay the release of more than 260 proposals for bills that could be introduced in the 2019 legislative session. A Marion County judge had ruled Wednesday that the governor’s administration could not rely on attorney-client privilege to keep the bill requests confidential […]
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Suspended Judge Vance Day: Counters idea he’s ‘a homophobic, angry…religious nut’

More than three years ago, Vance Day remembers watching a national TV news program from his rural South Salem home and seeing his name slide across the ticker at the bottom of the screen. He called out to his wife: “Ohhh, I think we’ve got trouble here.” Source: Suspended Judge Vance Day: Counters idea he’s […]
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Judge Sides With Gov. Kate Brown’s Administration on Public Records Lawsuit

Portland lawyers routinely request early draft legislation. In this general election year, however, the state denied such requests. The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the Portland law firm Davis Wright Tremaine cannot get a look until after the Nov. 6 election at the draft 2019 legislation it sought. Source: Judge Sides With […]
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Appeals court blocks release of proposed 2019 legislation

Portland attorney challenged administration’s attempt to keep documents secret until after contentious election. Oregon’s Court of Appeals late Friday granted a request by state officials to keep secret, for now, details about proposed legislation, acting just minutes before the state was due to disclose the records. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Appeals court blocks release […]
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Public Defenders Make Far Less Than Prosecutors. An Oregon Lawmaker Wants to Give Them a Raise.

“They’re horrifically underpaid,” says an ex-Portland cop. Rep. Jeff Barker (D-Aloha) says Oregon’s public defenders deserve a pay raise. The defense lawyers paid with public money to represent indigent clients make substantially less than the prosecutors sitting on the other side of the courtroom. Source: Public Defenders Make Far Less Than Prosecutors. An Oregon Lawmaker […]
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Appeals court affirms land use ruling for Sisters church

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed a ruling by the state’s land use board that Deschutes County needed to reconsider a decision to allow churches in a rural part of the county zoned to protect wildlife. The court handed down a victory for Central Oregon LandWatch, an environmental watchdog group that wants to […]
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Oregon appeals court reverses dismissal of discrimination suit against Guard Publishing

The Oregon Court of Appeals has reversed a lower court decision to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed against Guard Publishing Company by a former reporter for The Register-Guard. As part of the reversal, the case was remanded, or returned, to Lane County Circuit Court on Oct. 10. Source: Oregon appeals court reverses dismissal of discrimination […]
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Will new court decisions bring ‘nanny state’ into Oregon’s outdoors?

On August 19, 2012, Benjamin McCormick walked onto a dock at Lake Billy Chinook, leaped into the air, and dove head-first into the water. Two feet below the surface, McCormick’s head slammed into a boulder, fracturing his skull, rupturing his spine and forever changing his life. Source: Will new court decisions bring ‘nanny state’ into […]
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State Court of Appeals remands Morrison Park rezone

On Tuesday, the Oregon Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a decision from the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals that originally upheld the City of Hood River’s rezoning of Morrison Park, also known as Lot 700, for affordable housing, open space and regional trail connectivity. Source: State Court of Appeals remands Morrison Park rezone […]
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Oregon Supreme Court orders resentencing in Eugene man’s child pornography case

The Oregon Supreme Court has ordered resentencing for a Eugene man who is serving a 15-year prison term in a child pornography case. In a ruling issued Sept. 20, the court determined that a judge in Lane County Circuit Court had erred when he imposed Catalin Voda Dulfu’s sentence in 2013. Source: Oregon Supreme Court […]
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