Tag: Courts

Lawsuit accuses Chemeketa Community College of violating students’ free-speech rights

Chemeketa Community College (File/Salem Reporter) Chemeketa Community College violated the constitutional rights of a pro-life student group by only allowing its members to distribute pamphlets, flyers and other materials in small “speech zones,” a lawsuit alleges. The complaint was filed on March 5 in U.S. District Court in Eugene on[Read More…]

Michael Barton died after getting sick in prison. A lawsuit says prison staff ignored his cries for help

Oregon State Penitentiary (Courtesy/Wikimedia Commons) An Oregon State Penitentiary inmate suffering from mental illness was left to die of pneumonia after staff ignored his requests for medical attention, a lawsuit filed against the state Department of Corrections alleges. The lawsuit seeks $15 million and was filed by Stephen Brown, the[Read More…]

Seeking to protect farmland, conservation groups go to court to block airport runway extension

A jet arrives at the Aurora State Airport. (Jaime Valdez/Pamplin Media Group). A proposed expansion of the Aurora State Airport violates the state’s land-use law, imperils prime farmland and wasn’t properly approved, two conservation groups argue in a lawsuit. 1,000 Friends of Oregon and Friends of French Prairie have sued[Read More…]

Clergy reported her husband’s confession of sex abuse. Now she’s suing the church

Marion County Courthouse (File/Salem Reporter) A local woman has sued the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for nearly $10 million after a church counselor reported her husband’s confession of sexually abusing a minor.  According to the lawsuit, in 2016 Kristine Johnson learned that her husband, Timothy, had sexually[Read More…]

Finding that ‘words have consequences,’ judge throws out Sen. Brian Boquist’s lawsuit

Sen. Brian Boquist reflects on his political and military careers at his Dallas farm. (Aubrey Wieber/Salem Reporter) A federal judge compared state Sen. Brian Boquist to the actor Clint Eastwood and a playground bully Tuesday in dismissing the Dallas Republican’s claims that Senate President Peter Courtney and others attempted to[Read More…]

Oregon’s top judge asked about immigration arrests in courthouses. Here’s what she found

Marion County Courthouse (File/Salem Reporter) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents made arrests in or near 10 of Oregon’s 27 state circuit courts, according to state records obtained by Salem Reporter. The records, released under a public records request, shed light on the scope of ICE’s increased activity in Oregon[Read More…]