law and justice

Public Official Safety
5:05 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Colorado DOC Murder Resonates With Local Public Officials

The Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections was shot dead after answering the doorbell at his home Tuesday night. There have been no arrests yet in the death of Tom Clements. The case brings to mind an attack that took place just six months ago on Thurston County Court Judge Michael Brett Buckley.

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Mohamud Verdict
5:05 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Mohamud Jury Alternate Says Verdict No Surprise

Mohamed Osman Mohamud booking photo.
Credit Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

 With sentencing ahead for the man convicted of Portland's holiday tree-lighting bomb plot, those who watched the trial are processing its outcome. One alternate juror says she was not surprised at the verdict.

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Wash. Embezzlement Case
5:40 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Guilty Plea In Largest Public Embezzlement Case In Washington State’s History

The state of Washington’s largest public sector embezzlement case ever moves forward Thursday with a guilty plea. A public works employee admits he took the money over more than 20 years in Franklin County in the southeast part of the state.

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Spittle-Covered Hamburger
4:32 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Wash. Court Finds Spittle-Covered Burger Could Produce “Emotional Distress”

Edward Bylsma discovered “a glob of spit” under his Burger King hamburger bun.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Under Washington law, is a consumer entitled to emotional distress damages when a fast-food employee spits in his or her hamburger, even though the consumer did not eat the hamburger? The Washington Supreme Court Thursday said the answer is possibly “yes.”

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Mohamud Trial
4:21 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Mohamud Trial: Botched Recording Takes Center Stage In Court

Mohamed Mohamud
Credit Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

A botched recording took center stage Friday morning at the trial of an Oregonian accused of a 2010 bomb plot. An FBI agent testified why a key face-to-face encounter was not recorded.

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Mohamed Mohamud Trial
4:20 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Mohamud Trial: FBI Agents Detail Involvement In Alleged Bomb Plot

Testimony in the trial of Mohamed Mohamud focused on some FBI agents involved in the case.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Morning testimony in the trial of Mohamed Mohamud focused on some FBI agents involved in the case. Undercover agents worked with Mohamud on a plan to bomb Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square two years ago. The government says that while the device wasn't real, the threat posed by the defendant was.

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Foiled Suicide Attack
4:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

FBI Employee Believed Mohamud Was Ready For Suicide Attack

Mohamed Mohamud
Credit Oregon Public Broadcasting website

Tuesday prosecutors played video clips of undercover operatives working with Mohamed Mohamud. He's on trial for a plot to detonate a bomb in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square two years ago. The entire operation was an FBI sting.

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License Plate Checks
4:46 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Oregon Supreme Court Allows Continued Use Of Random License Plate Checks

SoulRider.222 Flickr

Originally published on Thu January 10, 2013 4:39 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Police officers in Oregon can continue to use random license plate checks as a law enforcement tool. That's the upshot of a decision issued Thursday by the Oregon Supreme Court.

Have you ever been stopped at a red light and noticed a police car in your rearview mirror? There's a good chance that officer is running your license plate number through his or her computer. In seconds a state database can show if everything's kosher about your car. If not, you'll probably get pulled over.

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Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
5:10 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Portland Man Files Lawsuit Claiming Sexual Abuse By Eugene Pastor

A Portland man is suing the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for sexual abuse he claims he suffered at the hands of a now-deceased Eugene pastor.

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Portland Mall Shooting
5:21 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Man Says He's Shocked His Neighbor Was A Shooter

The man whom police believe killed two people and then turned his gun upon himself Tuesday has been identified at Jacob Tyler Roberts of southeast Portland.

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