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Conrad Wilson

Conrad Wilson is a reporter and producer covering criminal justice and legal affairs for OPB.

Prior to coming to OPB, he was a reporter at Minnesota Public Radio. Before that he ran the news department at an NPR affiliate in Colorado. His work has aired on "Marketplace" and NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered." He has also written for Mashable, The Oregonian, Business Week, City Pages and The Christian Science Monitor.

Conrad earned a degree in international political economics and journalism from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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Feds Investigate Oregon Company's African Rainforest Hardwood Products

U.S. immigration says it’s investigating whether hardwood products made by Oregon-based Roseburg were illegally harvested from African rainforests before reaching consumers in stores like Home Depot.

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Senate Abandons Century-Old Tradition In Confirming 9th Circuit Nominee

Over the objections of both Washington's U.S. senators, Republican leaders have confirmed Eric D. Miller to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Judge Rules Oregon Jail's Contract With ICE Does Not Violate Sanctuary Law

A Wasco County circuit judge ruled Friday an Oregon jail's contract with ICE does not violate the state's so-called sanctuary law — but some of the jail's practices do.

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Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Legislation Reducing Penalties For Property Crimes

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a law passed by the Legislature in 2017 aimed at reducing sentences for property crimes is constitutional.

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Oregon Ranchers Who Led To Wildlife Refuge Takeover Can Graze On Public Lands Again

As one of his last acts in office, ousted Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed off on returning grazing rights to the ranchers whose prison sentence led to a 2016 standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife refuge.

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The Safety Net Is Broken: How Police Became Mental Health First Responders

Politicians, mental health advocates and police say that law enforcement agencies have inherited a role they’re ill-equipped to play, but too often do. How did we get here?

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Judge To Hear Sanctuary Law Case In Wasco County

The judge’s ruling in the case could bring clarity to the sanctuary law, which has never been meaningfully interpreted by the courts.

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Man Shot By Portland Police Was At Hospital Hours Before He Was Killed

The man shot by Portland Police on Sunday struggled with mental health problems and was seen at the emergency room at Adventist Medical Center in Southeast Portland before he was killed.

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Portland Police Shot Man Who Struggled With Mental Illness, Family Says

Portland police identified the man who was shot by an officer Sunday as Andre Catrel Gladen, a black man from Sacramento who was blind in one eye and taking medication for bipolar disorder.

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US Supreme Court Won't Take Thurston High School Shooter Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear Thurston High School shooter Kipland Kinkel's case. He was challenging the Oregon Supreme Court decision that his 112-year prison sentence is not cruel and unusual punishment. 

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Oregon Attorney General Plans Bill To Address Rise In Hate Crimes

Oregon's attorney general will introduce a bill in the upcoming legislative session aimed at strengthening the state’s hate crimes laws.

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Police Shoot And Kill A Man In SE Portland Sunday

The shooting took place around 2 p.m. Sunday on the 9600 block of SE Market Street just east of Interstate 205, police said.

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DoubleTree Portland Says It's Investigating After Kicking African-American Man Out Of Hotel

The hotel employees involved in the incident have been placed on leave, the hotel said.

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Man Says Portland Hotel Racially Profiled Him Before Calling Police

An African-American man says he was a guest at the DoubleTree Hotel in Portland and was kicked out of his room Saturday after he was racially profiled by hotel security.

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Gov. Brown Appoints Appeals Court Judge Chris Garrett To State's High Court

Garrett is taking over for Justice Rives Kistler, who’s retiring at the end of the year. This marks Brown's fifth appointment to the state's highest court.

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Oregon's Public Defense System 'Is Not Constitutional' Report Finds

A draft report obtained by OPB concludes that Oregon's public defense system is so bureaucratic and structurally flawed that it can't guarantee clients are getting the defense they're owed.

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9th Circuit To Rehear Case Challenging Deportations For Minors

In an unusual move, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is rehearing a case Monday that could guarantee minors facing deportation access to attorneys in immigration court.

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Man Shot By Portland Police At Fred Meyer Starbucks ID'd

Authorities have identified the 34-year-old man shot by four Portland Police officers Friday at a Northeast Portland coffee shop and grocery store.

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Corizon Pays Out $10 Million Following Inmate Death, Lawsuit In Oregon

The settlement is the highest Corizon — a private healthcare company which operates in jails and prisons across the country — has ever paid for a settlement of this kind.

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Oregon Supreme Court Tosses Out Murder Confessions Over Interview Techniques

The Oregon Supreme Court tossed out several 2015 murder confessions Thursday because of the way Portland Police Bureau detectives conducted their interviews involving a defendant with mental illness.