The Oregon Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the death sentence of an Oregon inmate in a major ruling that found legislators had fundamentally altered “prevailing societal standards” for executions with a 2019 law change.
The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Jesse Lee Johnson should get a new trial because his defense attorneys failed to interview a key witness. Johnson was convicted of murder in 1998. For 23 years he has maintained he's innocent.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum joined the chief legal officers of 23 other states in signing onto a brief issued Wednesday supporting the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Texas’ ban on abortions after six weeks.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Marco Hernandez ruled late Monday that the city of Portland violated his order limiting the use of tear gas to instances where the lives or safety of police officers or the public are at risk.