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Why do I need a good lawyer?

So you don't end up wrongfully convicted like Dennis Alderman, or wrongfully sentenced to prison like Franklin Brooks. Two recent Oregon Court of Appeals decisions, first here and second here, illustrate the dangers faced by everyone charged in state courts with the commission of a felony crime.

Portland police arrest 31 gang members and associates, will continue efforts

Last Tuesday, 31 members or associates of the Portland gang called Rolling 60s Crips were arrested in connection to various federal charges, including drug possession, felon in possession of a firearm, compelling prostitution, and domestic violence.

Teen driver charged with manslaughter in death of cyclist

Today's Oregonian reports the story of a teenage driver arrested and initially charged with Manslaughter in the Second Degree (Manslaughter 2) in the hit and run death of a bicyclist in Southeast Portland. In a small bike-friendly city such as Portland, such tragic cases often receive a great deal of media exposure early in the case. This media exposure often touches on subjects that would not necessarily be admissible in a trial of the accused however. This type of exposure can have a negative impact on the accused's right to have his or her case decided by a fair and impartial jury.

Damascus man charged with sexual abuse of woman, teen

On Monday, Clackamas County sheriff's deputies arrested a man who has been accused of sexually abusing a woman and a teenage girl known to him. The 52-year-old Damascus man apparently took advantage of the two females after they had become intoxicated.

Measure 11 worked as intended if not as advertised

A recent article in the Oregonian lamented the fact that "The promises of Measure 11, Oregon's get-tough-on-crime measure passed in 1994, haven't been met..." The true lament should be that voters were misled in 1994 as to the real impetus behind the passage of Measure 11: To take the authority and discretion in determining an appropriate sentence for a convicted person away from the judge and place it in the inscrutable hands of the prosecutor. If reducing the judicial role in sentencing, as most familiar with Measure 11 agree, was a major consideration in putting Measure 11 on the ballot, then, sadly, Measure 11 is a resounding success.

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