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.
Well it only took 42 years, but today for the first time since Oregon's criminal code was revised in 1971, we now have a legal definition for the term "does not consent" in the context of a prosecution for the crime of sexual abuse in the second degree.
An Oregon woman pled guilty to last year's highly-publicized "beauty salon killing." The woman pled guilty to her role in the incident in order to reduce the charges pressed against her.
Today the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld the suppression of irrelevant and highly prejudicial evidence in the Compelling and Promoting Prostitution trial of Lashawn McIntyre Jr.
On Tuesday, Portland police arrested a man who is suspected for a robbery that occurred last March. The 34-year-old man is apparently a member of the Bloods gang, though the robbery was not gang related.
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.