law and justice

Northwest News
4:42 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Memorial Service Is May 23rd For Slain UI Football Player

Ken McRoyal
Photo courtesy of University of Idaho

The memorial service for University of Idaho football player Ken McRoyal is next Wednesday in Carson, California. McRoyal was shot to death last weekend in the Lincoln Heights section of Los Angeles. Northwest Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley has more.

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Oregon Public Safety
5:57 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Kitzhaber Moves Ahead With Look At Oregon's Public Safety System

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber hopes a newly revived public safety commission will lead to big changes in the state's criminal justice system. The Democrat issued an executive order Monday that brings back to life a blue ribbon panel created by his predecessor, Ted Kulongoski.

Oregon's prison population is expected to grow by another 2,000 by the end of the decade. Kitzhaber's public safety adviser, Steven Powers, says the governor thinks Oregon needs to take a close look at everything from mandatory sentences to drug rehabilitation programs.

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Murder Suspect To Be Retried
4:24 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court Orders New Trial For Darold Stenson

Darold Stenson will remain in prison while awaiting his trial.
Washington Department of Corrections

The high court says that Darold Stenson’s rights were violated. In their ruling the justices say the state wrongfully suppressed photographs that raised questions about mishandling of evidence as well as an FBI file.

Sheryl Gordon McCloud is Stenson’s attorney.
“The photograph, which we didn’t discover until a few years ago shows the lead detective on the case with his bare ungloved hands holding those pants with those pockets turned out shortly before the gunshot residue test was taken. A picture is worth a thousand words cops carry gun, guns leave gunshot residue, he’s holding the pants with his ungloved hands."

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Bunker To Be Demolished
4:18 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Officials Prepare To Dismantle North Bend Bunker

Officials say a fortified  bunker built by a man suspected of killing his wife and teenage daughter will be destroyed. 

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Oregon Marijuana Petitioner
5:58 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Marijuana Petitioner Gets Record Fine

The Oregon Secretary of State's office has issued its largest ever penalty for a violation of signature gathering laws.

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Oregon Death Penalty
4:37 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Death Row Inmate Seeks To Overturn Execution Reprieve

Gary Haugen was set to die by lethal injection last December.
Photo credit: Oregon DOC Oregon Department of Corrections

An Oregon death row inmate will make an unusual argument in court Wednesday. Gary Haugen says Governor John Kitzhaber overstepped his authority by halting all executions in the state.

Two time convicted murderer Gary Haugen was set to die by lethal injection last December. But two weeks before the scheduled execution, Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber put Oregon's death penalty on hold. The governor wants lawmakers and the public to reexamine the state's capital punishment system.

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Unmanned Aircraft
5:55 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Civilian Drones Preparing For Takeoff Regionally With Sheriffs

Prioria business development executive David Wright demonstrates the Maveric UAS.
Photo Credit: Tom Banse Northwest News Network

TACOMA, Wash. - Get ready to spot a new kind of "bird" in the sky. Within the next month, the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to green light the use of small unmanned aircraft by emergency services. Some sheriffs' departments in the Northwest are showing interest in these aircraft.

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Ore./Wash. Prison Crowding
3:55 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Oregon, Washington Anticipate Higher Demand For Prison Beds

The Oregon Department of Corrections.
Photo credit: Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. - Corrections officials in Olympia and Salem are bracing for an expected increase in prisoners. The Washington Department of Corrections is predicting a need for 900 more beds in the next four years. And a new report issued Friday confirms an earlier forecast that Oregon will need housing for 2,000 more inmates by the end of the decade.

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Bales Murder Pre-trial
3:33 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Pre-Trial Hearing Next For Sgt. Bales

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales of Joint base Lewis-McChord is awaiting hid Article 32 hearing.
Phot credit: Ryan Hallock U.S. ARMY

Seventeen counts of murder. Six counts of assault and attempted murder. Those are the charges filed Friday against 38 year old Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. He’s the Washington-based soldier accused of killing 9 Afghan children and 8 adults in a massacre earlier this month. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. Correspondent Austin Jenkins explains the next step is an Article 32 hearing.

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Idaho Bans Texting While Driving
2:57 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Idaho Lawmakers Say Don’t Text And Drive

Idaho has now joined the likes of Oregon and Washington in adopting a law banning texting while driving.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Alton Wikimedia Commons

Since 2009, Idaho lawmakers have tried, and failed, to pass a bill to ban texting while driving. Until today. Senators passed a ban this morning and sent it to Governor Butch Otter. The version that passed was watered down from the original legislation proposed earlier this session. Senator Jim Hammond, (R-Coeur d'Alene,), the chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, explains.

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