law and justice

Kitzhaber Appeals Reprieve Decision
5:33 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Kitzhaber To Appeal Execution Reprieve Decision

Gov. John Kitzhaber plans to appeal a decision that clears the way for Oregon's first execution in 15 years.
Orna Izakson Wikimedia Commons

The case of an Oregon death row inmate seeking his own execution is headed for a higher court. Gov.John Kitzhaber said Tuesday he plans to ask an appeals court to overturn a decision that cleared the way for the state’s first execution since 1997.

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Past U of O Dean Murdered
4:22 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Former Dean Of The U of O School Of Music Is Murdered

Anne Dhu McLucas was the former dean of the University of Oregon School of Music.
UO School of Music

The former dean of the University of Oregon School of Music was killed Friday along with her boyfriend. Lane County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call at their home south of Eugene and found Anne Dhu McLucas and James Gillette.

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Juvenile Lifer Barry Massey
4:14 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Wash. Juvenile Lifer Barry Massey Withdraws Clemency Plea

Barry Massey was one of the youngest juvenile killers in the country to be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Now, in a rare move, the Washington inmate has withdrawn his plea for clemency.

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Alleged Plot By Former Soldiers
4:50 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Former Soldiers Allegedly Plotted To Blow Up Washington Dam, Poison Apple Crop

Prosecutors in Georgia say a group of current and former U.S. soldiers plotted to blow up a dam in Washington and poison the state’s apple crop. The allegations were revealed Monday as one of the group’s members pled guilty to manslaughter in a Georgia courtroom.

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Deported Washington Inmates
4:20 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Thirteen Deported Wash. Inmates Caught Back In The U.S.

Thirteen Washington prison inmates who opted to be deported, instead of serving out their sentences, have been re-arrested back in the United States.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Thirteen Washington prison inmates who opted to be deported, instead of serving out their sentences, have been re-arrested back in the United States. All but one returned from Mexico. The inmates were part of an early deportation program begun last year to reduce prison costs.

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Oregon Man Released
4:45 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Springfield Man Released From Sudanese Prison

Rudwan Dawod has been released from a Sudanese prison.
Sudan Sunrise

A Springfield, Ore., man who was imprisoned in Sudan has been released, and is trying to get home to his pregnant wife.

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Lawsuit Against Vatican
4:51 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Judge: Vatican Did Not 'Employ' Abusive Priest

A view of Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican City.
MargaretNapier Flickr

Attorneys for an Oregon victim of clergy sex abuse say they will appeal a new decision that frees the Vatican from a lawsuit. That ruling came down Monday in federal district court in Portland. The 10-year-old lawsuit aims to link the Holy See in Rome to abuse by American priests.

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Oregon Couple's Killing Spree
4:57 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Feds Charge Northwest Couple With Racially Motivated Killing Spree

David "Joey" Pederson and Holly Grigsby are accused of committing four murders in 2011.
Oregon State Police

The federal government will take the lead in prosecuting an Oregon couple accused in a killing spree that stretched down the U.S. west coast last fall. The U.S. Attorney's office in Portland announced indictments Friday against David "Joey" Pederson and Holly Grigsby.

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Oregon Man Imprisoned In Sudan
5:01 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Springfield, Ore. Man Released From Sudan Prison, Re-arrested

Rudwan Dawod was released from a Sudanese prison, but re-arrested on unknown charges.
Sudan Sunrise

A Springfield man who was arrested in Sudan last month has been re-arrested on unknown charges. His pregnant wife is concerned for his safety.

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Wash. Senate Candidate Threatened
5:09 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Wash. Man Arrested For Threatening Legislative Candidate

Eileen Qutub, a Republican candidate for Washington State Senate, received threatening emails.
Northwest News Network

A Vancouver, Wash., man has been arrested for allegedly threatening a state Senate candidate. The Clark County sheriff's office took Gary Owen into custody Thursday on charges of sending two threatening emails to Eileen Qutub , a Republican. She described the letters as "vile" and "sexually perverted" and said that Owen threatened to shoot her in the head.

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