Oregonians deprived of court-appointed lawyers sue state over their constitutional rights

The Oregon Supreme Court Building (Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter) Four Oregonians who face criminal charges are suing over their constitutional right to have legal representation in a criminal proceeding.  Though they can’t pay for a lawyer and qualify for court-appointed counsel, they’ve not been assigned a public defender, according to the[Read More…]

Courts in Marion and Polk counties begin responding to U.S. Supreme Court decision striking split jury verdicts

Marion County Courthouse (File/Salem Reporter) People convicted of state crimes in split jury verdicts in Marion and Polk counties could get new trials or see charges dropped as Oregon responds to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case. In April, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Ramos v. Louisiana that Oregon’s[Read More…]