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Justice Derailed

A 2008 sex-abuse case lingers in federal court as a “manipulative” defendant works the system.

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When someone is charged with a crime, he has a constitutional right to a lawyer. He also has the right to a speedy trial. Once in a while, a defendant comes along who tries to stretch the limits o   More
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Oregon Sheriffs Oppose Drivers Cards for Illegal Immigrants


Oregon’s sheriffs have voted overwhelmingly to oppose a ballot measure that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers cards – and by extension car insurance. The law, passed last year by the Legislature and origin...   More
Thursday, April 17, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

UO Law School Dustup Settles With Pay Raise


University of Oregon Law School professors will get their merit raises after the university struck down a proposal by some faculty members to divert the money to a post-graduate scholarship fund. The decision to forgo raises, made during a faculty meeting last week, surprised and angered one law profes...   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Kristina Olvera Says She is a Woman. The Prison System Says He is a Man.

The fight for justice for Oregon’s transgender inmates.

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Kristina Olvera wants to enjoy the simple pleasures of crossing her legs when she sits, applying eyeliner and pouting her lips. Her landlord disapproves when she plays with her hair, grows out her n   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Shoni Schimmel, WNBA Draft Pick from Oregon, Credits Flair and Heritage for Her Fan Base

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Shoni Schimmel, a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla and the highest-ever Native American draft pick by the W.N.B.A., has attracted a fan base through flashy play and by embracing her heritage that she calls “rez ball," The New York Times says    More
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Same-Sex Weddings Would Generate Nearly $50 Million for Economy, Study Finds

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Oregon's economy could gain nearly $50 million in spending over the next three years if a federal circuit court judge strikes down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, PQ Monthly reported today.Couples would spend nearly $40 million on their ceremonies—and tourism coul...   More
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

The Oregonian Wins Pulitzer for Editorials on PERS


The Oregonian was awarded a Pulitzer Prize Monday for a series of editorials on the rising costs of Oregon's Public Employee Retirement System.The Pulitzer announcement said the newspaper's editorials explained "the urgent bu...   More
Monday, April 14, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Medicare Data Release Reveals Oregon's Top Paid Doctors


New data released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid show some doctors know how to bill the system. One cardiologist in Florida, for example, earned $18 million in Medicare payments in 2012, according to    More
Thursday, April 10, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Hotseat: Steven Wax

Oregon’s outgoing federal public defender talks about government secrecy, low-profile wins and his next job.

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Oregon has known only one chief federal public defender, the person who stands up in court for people who can’t afford an attorney. Steven Wax, who opened the state’s Federal Public Defender   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Oregon Drops Proposed Ban on Treats Laced With Marijuana


The Oregon Health Authority had threatened to be a buzzkill when it came to medical marijuana dispensaries selling candies, cakes and cookies and other munchies seasoned with pot.
But according to the Associated Press, the agency has backed off that proposal, instead fo...   More
Monday, March 31, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

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