Is being a less-than stellar parent a crime? The Washington County District Attorney thinks so. Earlier this week the Oregon Court of Appeals threw out a conviction for Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree here. The case was the result of a household dog biting a child on a number of occasions. While certainly not a model for good parenting skills, was this a crime?
Yesterday the Oregon Court of Appeals reversed the assault conviction of Vernice Scott because the trial court had excluded evidence that was relevant to his claim that he acted in self-defense.
Today the Oregon court of Appeals held that a trial judge's denial of a post-conviction request for DNA testing is not an appealable ruling. In 1993 Stressa Johnson pleaded no contest to two counts of Murder and was sentenced to concurrent life sentences. In 2007 he filed a motion with the court seeking to test specific DNA evidence linking him to the murders
In Oregon, a 17-year-old Portland man up against a murder charge is now facing another challenge as a defendant. According to reports, the teenager who was charged with murder in the death of another teenager is now facing assault charges for attacking a police officer.
On Wednesday, the Oregon Court of Appeals held that Jeff Keuhner did not have to pay $7,808.34 to the Medford police department to reimburse the cost of overtime pay to police for guarding him while he lay in the hospital recovering from stab wounds he inflicted upon himself while he was being arrested in the course of committing a violent sexual assault.
In our previous post, we mentioned that a government sponsored group recently conducted an analysis of data showing that universal domestic violence screening can help prevent the occurrence of intimate partner violence. That analysis is expected to result in the group's recommendation that all doctors adopt a policy of universal domestic violence screening.
After looking at data compiled by researchers at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPTF) found that physician screening of all female patients for signs of partner violence, either by means of a questionnaire or face-to-face, can help prevent the occurrence of domestic violence. The USPTF is a government sponsored panel of health care experts that evaluate the latest scientific evidence on clinical preventative services.
The Oregonian reports that two men were arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of attempted murder and first-degree assault stemming from an April 13 incident at Rose City Park in Northeast Portland. According to police, one of the suspects shot a young man with whom he had been fighting. The other suspect is accused of providing the firearm used in the shooting. The victim was reportedly found with multiple gunshot wounds, though his injuries were apparently not life-threatening.
In Oregon, domestic violence involves harassment, a protective order violation, interference with making a report and assault. If you are facing domestic violence charges, you should know that there are various repercussions for this type of conviction. Some sentences include hefty fines and lengthy jail time. Furthermore, a domestic violence conviction could jeopardize your career; it could impact decisions made by potential employers. In a recent story, a political candidate from Oregon is confronting charges for domestic assault. This case will undoubtedly affect the man's political contention.
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.