In an opinion that should produce a bunch of smirks, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that a criminal defendant can be in constructive possession of drugs found inside his co-defendant's vagina. Before we start the inevitable "slippery slope" sort of arguments a case like this is destined to produce, let's look at the facts. In State v. Sherman, an opinion announced by the COA April 22, 2015, the court found that the trial court did not err in denying defendant's MJOA "based on its determination that a reasonable juror could conclude that he constructively possessed 5.67 grams of cocaine found in his codefendant's vagina." Sure.
Well, it doesn't matter what you think.
Yesterday, the Oregon Court of Appeals held that the Cornelius Oregon Police Department did not act in good faith reliance on then-existing law when it impounded and searched a car that was parked in its owner's driveway.
Drug-related criminal charges can lead to serious penalties. However, the real damage is the blemish in a suspect's reputation as well as the emotional distress it brings to a suspect's family and friends. For this reason, a Portland, Oregon, resident facing drug charges should address the situation immediately so proper legal remedies can be applied.
"... in this day and age, requests for valid government issued identification are commonplace in ordinary dealings in society ..."
Police officers recently apprehended a suspected drug supplier in Portland, Oregon, who they believe supplied drugs that were then sold and led to the heroin overdose of another man. The 24-year-old defendant and two others are in Multnomah County Jail after police allegedly found a .22-caliber gun, 1.339 grams of methamphetamine and 1.384 grams of heroin in their car.
In Molalla, Oregon, approximately 25 miles south of Portland, city police officers recently arrested two residents, a 40-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman, on felony drug charges. The arrest followed from a search warrant that police were granted following an extensive 3-month investigation, according to a Molalla Police Department spokesman.
Controlled substances, such as methamphetamine, are illegal to distribute or possess in the United States. Methamphetamine has a medical use. However, the substance may be dangerous to the body and may also fuel criminal activities. Due to this, all 50 states, including Oregon, do not tolerate possession of methamphetamine and other illegal drugs.
Laws enforced against drug crimes vary from state to state. Regardless, all 50 states, including Oregon, do not tolerate possession of illegal drugs. Illegal drugs may include marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine.
In a shameful decision today, the Oregon Supreme Court overruled its own precedent and gutted an important part of the Oregon Constitution's guarantee to all Oregonians that they be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.