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Oregon House passes juvenile justice reform.

Posted on: May 24th, 2019 by denny | No Comments

Last night, on a 40-18 vote, the Oregon House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 1008.
Among other changes, the bill will allow judges – not prosecutors – to determine when juveniles are charged in adult court with Ballot Measure 11 offenses.
The governor is expected to sign the bill.

Oregon House resolution would refer unanimous jury verdicts to people.

Posted on: May 7th, 2019 by denny | No Comments

House Joint Resolution 10 would invite Oregonians to amend the Oregon Constitution to require unanimous verdicts in felony cases.
Under current law, it only takes 10 jurors on a 12-person, felony jury to convict a person of a felony.  Oregon is the only state in the country that allows people to be convicted by non-unanimous juries.  … Read More →

The Oregonian editorial board supports juvenile justice reform.

Posted on: April 28th, 2019 by denny | No Comments

Today, The Oregonian published an editorial encouraging the Oregon House of Representatives to adopt substantial reform of the juvenile justice system by passing SB 1008.
Senate Bill 1008, which was recently passed by a super-majority of the state senate, would require judges, not prosecutors, to decide whether juveniles should be tried in adult court for serious offenses.  … Read More →

Oregon Court of Appeals reverses contempt conviction for woman who thought restraining order had been dismissed.

Posted on: November 3rd, 2016 by denny | No Comments

The Oregon Court of Appeals reversed a woman’s conviction for violating a restraining order on Wednesday, holding that, since she thought her husband had dismissed the order, she could not be found in contempt. The woman, whose estranged husband had obtained a restraining order against her, agreed to see him after he said that he … Read More →

Bend Bulletin and Deschutes County District Attorney support bill to record grand jury testimony in Oregon

Posted on: February 13th, 2016 by denny | No Comments

A bill to record grand jury testimony in Oregon is moving through the state legislature and recently won endorsements from the Deschutes County District Attorney, the Bend Bulletin, and the Oregon State Senate’s Committee on Judiciary.
Oregon grand juries hear testimony to decide whether sufficient evidence supports charging a person with a felony offense.  Currently, the … Read More →

Denny Maison talks to the Oregon State Penitentiary Latino Club about criminal defense, immigration consequences, and appeal and post-conviction issues.

Posted on: February 9th, 2016 by denny | No Comments

On January 20, 2016, Denny Maison spoke to the Oregon State Penitentiary Latino Club about criminal defense, immigration consequences, and appeal and post-conviction issues. Denny was invited by Voz Hispana Cambio Comunitario and the Oregon State Penitentiary Latino Club to discuss the importance of good criminal defense, immigration consequences that can result from criminal cases, … Read More →

Chief judge of 9th circuit court of appeals decries Brady violations.

Posted on: May 23rd, 2014 by denny |

Alex Kozinski, the chief judge of the 9th Circuit United States Court of Appeals highlighted Brady violations in a recent decision.
Brady refers to the landmark United States Supreme Court case of Brady v. Maryland, which requires prosecutors to share material and exculpatory information with the defense.
Unfortunately, that obligation is not always followed. In his dissent, … Read More →

Police Interrogations

Posted on: May 18th, 2014 by denny |

The New Yorker recently published an article that emphasizes the importance of contacting an attorney as soon as you learn that you may be charged with a crime.
Police officers often apply a technique known as The Reid Technique to coerce suspects into confessing to crimes that they did not commit.
Remember, you have the right to … Read More →

Oregon legislature to consider limiting revocation sanctions for technical violations of presumptive probation sentences.

Posted on: February 2nd, 2014 by denny | No Comments

The Oregon legislature will begin its 2014 session on Monday, February 3, 2014.
At that time, House Bill (HB) 4089 is scheduled to be introduced at the request of the House Interim Committee on Judiciary. If passed by both houses of the legislature and signed by the governor in the same form it is introduced, HB … Read More →