December 2012 Archives

Federal government sues Portland and its police force

In response to numerous complaints and reports of police brutality, the federal government has filed a lawsuit against the City of Portland, Oregon, and the Portland Police Bureau. The suit accuses police officers in the city of regularly using an excessive amount of force, which the government claims violates both the 4th and 14th amendments of the United States Constitution. The 4th amendment protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures, while the 14th amendment makes it illegal for police and local governments to enforce the law unevenly among their citizens.

Oregon woman faces manslaughter charge after fatal crash

A 41-year-old Oregon woman has been detained in jail on second-degree manslaughter charges following a traffic accident that left a 17-year-old boy dead. The woman was recently indicted by a grand jury for her role in the September crash.

Supreme Court prepares for important environmental decision

After several appeals, a lawsuit facing the Oregon Department of Forestry has prompted the U.S. Supreme Court to consider an environmental rule that could have a tremendous impact on logging operations in the state and elsewhere. The nation's highest court is set to determine how the Environmental Protection Agency classifies muddy runoff from logging road, possibly creating massive changes to regulations that have applied to the industry for over three decades.

Oregon man to pay $200K to family of woman he was accused of raping

An Oregon man who was acquitted in the rape of an assisted-living home resident will pay $200,000 in order to settle civil litigation filed by the woman's family. The man's attorney said that his client has admitted to one or more of allegations brought against him in the family's $2.5 million claim, but stressed that this does not mean he has admitted to raping the woman, who suffered from dementia at the time of the alleged assault.

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