Even a criminal charge for a minor offense can be distressing and demeaning. Imagine if a person is faced with allegations related to violent crimes, such as robbery and murder charges. Those types of crimes are called felonies -- acts that are considered a threat to other people's welfare and may result in serious penalties.
Today the Oregon Court of Appeals threw out the 2010 murder conviction of Jerrin Hickman because the trial court should not have allowed two witnesses to identify him during his trial. The court returned the case to Multnomah County for a new trial because of "serious questions concerning the reliability" of the witnesses' in-court identification of Mr. Hickman and the "novelty and complexity " of the newly minted rules governing the admissibility of eyewitness identification evidence in Oregon criminal jury trials.
Murder charges are serious felonies that must not be taken lightly. Oregon, in particular, is one of 46 states that imposes a felony murder rule. Under this rule, murder is a first-degree felony that has serious consequences for those convicted of such violent crimes.
Oregon imposes serious penalties on people who are convicted of crimes. People in Portland facing charges for violent crimes may find themselves in a tough situation. One aspect of serious crimes, such as murder, is that there is often no statute of limitations, meaning that a person can be charged for an incident no matter how long ago it took place.
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
No one wants their name wrapped up in criminal allegations. Portland readers may know that even seemingly minor criminal charges can create significant legal difficulty for those accused. However, when charges are classified as felonies, the defendant's legal challenges are significantly greater.
A recent court ruling pertaining to a violent crime in Oregon may interest Portland residents. The Oregon Supreme Court ruling ultimately led prosecutors to drop murder charges filed against an Albany woman.
Today the Oregon Court of Appeals overturned the murder conviction of Damon James Naudain. The case was returned to the trial court for a new trial for one reason. According to the appellate court, the trial judge made an impermissible commnet on the trial evidence requiring reversal.
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.
Oregon residents are shaken every time there is a murder case that happens in our state. On the other hand, once the police press criminal charges against someone, people may jump to the inappropriate conclusion that they are definitely guilty, which can disrupt the necessary assumption of innocence in criminal court proceedings.