Category Archives: Oregon Supreme Court

Court says Hillsboro police coerced confession, overturns conviction

A dissenting opinion in the murder case argues that the suspect voluntarily approached police with his admission. A further appeal is possible. A Woodburn man’s murder conviction has been overturned after the Oregon Court of Appeals determined that police coerced his confession, telling him members of his family, including his infant son, wouldn’t be released […]
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Oregon Court Of Appeals Overturns Murder Conviction Due To Involuntary Confession

Eloy Vasquez-Santiago, a Mexican immigrant, was arrested in 2012, suspected of murdering Maria Bolanos-Rivera. He was convicted and sentenced in 2015 to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years. Source: Oregon Court Of Appeals Overturns Murder Conviction Due To Involuntary Confession

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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Failing forestry: With $1 billion timber lawsuit, not all 14 counties are big winners

If upheld, Oregon taxpayers will be footing a $1 billion damage award, including taxpayers in counties that were parties in the lawsuit. Source: Failing forestry: With $1 billion timber lawsuit, not all 14 counties are big winners

Proposal to limit money in Oregon politics unveiled

An Oregon legislative committee considered the outlines of campaign finance reform legislation, revealing possible fault lines. Source: Proposal to limit money in Oregon politics unveiled

Attorney General Bill Barr rejects limits on courthouse arrests

Oregon’s rules don’t apply to federal ICE and Border Patrol agents, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. In a letter sent Thursday, Nov. 21, U.S. Attorney General William Barr criticized Oregon’s new court rules that block federal immigration agents from making arrests at or near courthouses unless officers have a judicial warrant. Source: Pamplin […]
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Oregon Supreme Court says .09% wasn’t enough to convict man of drunken driving

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a driver whose blood alcohol content registered .09 percent nearly two hours after he was stopped shouldn’t have been convicted of drunken driving. Source: Oregon Supreme Court says .09% wasn’t enough to convict man of drunken driving – oregonlive.com

Oregon Chief Justice issues rule limiting arrests of immigrants by ICE

Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Martha Walters enacted a rule Thursday prohibiting civil arrests in state courthouses without a judicial arrest warrant. The rule effectively limits the manner in which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents can arrest undocumented immigrants in courtrooms and court buildings throughout the state. Source: Oregon Chief Justice issues rule limiting arrests of […]
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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 restricts U.S. immigration agents from making arrests in state’s courthouses, but ICE vows to march on

Effective immediately, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are forbidden from carrying out arrests inside or in the close vicinity of Oregon’s state courthouses unless the agents first receive warrants from a judge. Source: Oregon restricts U.S. immigration agents from making arrests in state’s courthouses, but ICE vows to march on – oregonlive.com