Law and Justice

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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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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Bales Murder case
2:35 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

SSG Bales Charged With Murder, Attempted Murder

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales stands charged with murdering Afghan civilians.
Photo via High Desert Warrior

Major Christopher Ophardt at Lewis-McChord says it’s unclear at this point whether the pretrial hearing will happen in Washington or at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. That’s where Bales is currently being held. Ophardt acknowledged prosecutors at Lewis-McChord recently sent four Washington based soldiers to prison for killing Afghan civilians in 2010.

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Parole For Teen-Murderers
4:38 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Convicted Teen Murderers Get Earlier Possible Parole

Conrad Engweiler addresses the Oregon Board of Parole during a hearing at the Oregon State Correctional Institution.
Image courtesy of pool video feed

SALEM, Ore. – Five Oregon murderers are getting a chance at an earlier parole date. They are inmates who are serving life sentences for crimes committed when they were teens. Two of the killers went before the Oregon Parole Board Tuesday. It’s the latest step in an ongoing controversy over how to treat these offenders.

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Idaho Texting Law
4:01 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Texting While Driving May Soon Be Banned In Idaho

Idaho may be close to banning texting while driving.
Wikimedia user: WhisperToMe Wikimedia Commons

Idaho lawmakers are one step closer to signing off on a bill that would ban texting while driving.

For years state lawmakers have tried to pass legislation that would make it illegal to text and drive. This year may be different because Tuesday the House agreed to a bill that would make texting while driving an infraction. Supporters say this would send a strong message to drivers, especially teenagers, that it's dangerous to text and drive.

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Grays Harbor Stabbing/Shooting
7:52 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

UPDATED: Grays Harbor County Courthouse Attack Leads to Lockdown and Manhunt

A Judge was stabbed in the neck and a Sheriff's Deputy was shot in the shoulder at the Grays Harbor County Courthouse in Montesano, Wash.
Photo credit: Joe Mabel Wikimedia Commons

UPDATE:  The suspect, Steven Daniel Kravetz, age 34, was arrested on Saturday afternoon in Olympia.  

UPDATE: Authorities now say Judge David Edwards and Deputy Polly Davins are in stable condition and expected to survive.

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Grays Harbor County Courthouse in Montesano and nearby buildings are on lockdown following a shooting and stabbing this afternoon. Authorities are on a manhunt for the suspected attacker.

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Seda to Prison Pending Appeal
4:31 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Seda Must Go To Prison During Appeal Process

Pete Seda, (center) and his attorney Steven Wax (left) leave the Federal Courthouse in Eugene following his sentencing hearing. (2010)
Photo credit: Rachael McDonald KLCC

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled an Oregon man must report to prison next week for a money laundering conviction. The case centered around a defunct Ashland Islamic charity.

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Trooper Shooting Suspect Dead
3:53 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Man Sought In Trooper Shooting Dies Of Self-Inflicted Wound

Washington State Trooper Tony Radelescu.
Photo Credit: Washington State Patrol Photo courtesy Washington State Patrol

Police say the driver suspected in the overnight shooting of a Washington State Trooper has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Kitsap County Sheriff's sergeant Ken Dickinson says Joshua Blake shot himself as a SWAT team surrounded a mobile home south of Port Orchard. A tipster told officers the alleged shooter might be hiding in there.

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