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  • Judge OK’s Petition for America’s First ‘Genderless’ Person

    03/27/2017 1:49:23 PM PDT · by drewh · 45 replies
    Heat Street ^ | 3.27.14
    A Portland student has become the first American to gain legal designation as “genderless”, following a ruling by a Multnomah County judge. The decision involved a 27-year-old who was born male but claimed to identify with no gender whatsoever. Judge Amy Holmes, who approved the petition, also last year approved a “non-binary” gender designation for another Portland resident. The 27-year-old formerly known as Patrick Abbatiello, now legally designated agender, also got legal approval to change names, now going only by “Patch,” no surname. That name also serves as a pronoun, Patch explained to the local NBC affiliate. “Even gender-neutral pronouns...
  • Judge issues guilty verdicts on 9 of 11 misdemeanor charges against four Oregon Standoff defendants

    03/22/2017 4:00:58 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 11 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 3/21/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    A federal judge on Tuesday found four men guilty of trespassing and other misdemeanor charges for their roles in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last winter. U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown issued her rulings in court against Jason Patrick, Duane Ehmer, Darryl Thorn and Jake Ryan--the final four defendants in the Malheur case to go on trial. Shortly afterward, Patrick was taken into custody by deputy U.S. marshals after the judge ordered that he be placed on electronic monitoring as he awaited sentencing. Patrick, described by prosecutors as an organizer of last winter's occupation, chose to...
  • Huber to stay on as interim U.S. Attorney for Utah ( Bundy connections )

    03/20/2017 9:24:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 2 replies
    St. George News ^ | March 15, 2017 | Mori Kessler
    John Huber will continue to serve as the U.S. attorney for Utah, at least for the time being. Huber was given a reprieve by the U.S. Justice Department and will stay on as an interim U.S. attorney for the state for the next four months. Huber was one of 46 U.S. attorneys who were asked by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last Friday to resign. ... Huber joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office since 2002 and was appointed to become Utah’s U.S. Attorney in February 2015 with the support of Sen. Orrin Hatch. Huber was confirmed by the Senate in June...
  • Tillerson to woo Turkey during Ankara visit

    03/20/2017 9:05:53 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 16, 2017 | Amberin Zaman
    Al-Monitor has learned that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to travel to Turkey March 30. He will be the most senior US official to formally visit Turkey since the Donald Trump administration took office in January. A senior Turkish official who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed that Tillerson was expected to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, among others. The official was unaware of Tillerson’s full itinerary but said it would not be unusual for the secretary to visit other countries in the region as well. The official declined to elaborate any further. In an emailed...
  • Would YOU let a homeless person live in your backyard? Portland offers residents free tiny homes...

    03/19/2017 9:22:14 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 106 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 03/19/2017 | By Associated Press and Jordan Gass-Poore
    Full Headline: Would YOU let a homeless person live in your backyard? Portland offers residents free tiny homes if they rent it to families who are on the street .... Faced with an intractable homeless problem, officials in Portland are thinking inside the box. A handful of homeless families will soon move into tiny, government-constructed modular units in the backyards of willing homeowners.
  • Drawing pretty pictures shouldn't require an architect's license (Opinion)

    03/18/2017 8:34:50 PM PDT · by rintintin · 23 replies
    Oregonian ^ | March 16, 2017 | Anastasia Boden
    In 2007, David Hansen was a recent college graduate with an architect's degree trying to make some money. He and his business partner, who was a licensed architect in Washington, started an architectural firm there. At the time, the economy was still sluggish and there was not a lot of construction. So, to earn some extra cash and to get the business going, they agreed to do marketing work for a property development company in Oregon. Cognizant that they weren't licensed architects in Oregon, they limited their work to creating drawings of potential developments for the sole purpose of attracting...
  • Oregon Cattlemen Fight Wild & Scenic River Designation

    03/18/2017 3:55:28 PM PDT · by Twotone · 2 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | March 16, 2017 | Karina Brown
    WASHINGTON (CN) – Sixty-three miles of Oregon’s Rogue River cannot be designated a Wild and Scenic River because it’s been extensively modified by ranchers and miners, cattlemen claim in suing the Department of the Interior. The designated section runs through Grants Pass and smaller cities in Southern Oregon, whose established municipal and agricultural uses take precedence over the designation, the Double R Ranch Trust, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and the Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association say in their March 10 federal lawsuit. Were the segment designated Wild and Scenic, the cities would no longer be allowed to discharge treated...
  • Multnomah County offers incentives for homeowners to house homeless in backyards

    03/18/2017 11:10:33 AM PDT · by Twotone · 79 replies
    OregonLive.com ^ | March 16, 2017 | Molly Harbarger
    With more than $300,000 and volunteer homeowners, Multnomah County has a new idea to fight homelessness: Build tiny houses in people's backyards and rent them out to families with children now living on the street. The homeowners would pay nothing for the construction. They would become landlords and maintain the units for homeless families for five years. Then the tiny houses would become theirs to do with what they want. If the homeowners break the contract before then, they pay the cost of construction. The project would put the 8-month-old joint homeless office - a shared effort between the county...
  • Federal judge dismisses criminal charges against Ammon Bundy's lawyer (OREGON STANDOFF)

    03/16/2017 5:11:42 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 35 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 3/15/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    A federal judge Wednesday dismissed all criminal charges against Marcus Mumford, Ammon Bundy's lawyer, at the prosecution's request. In a three-sentence order, U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour granted prosecutors' motion to dismiss two charges against Mumford without prejudice, meaning the government could bring them back in the future. Mumford's lawyer, Michael Levine, had argued repeatedly that the deputy U.S. marshals engaged in "outrageous" misconduct and lacked authority to wrestle Mumford to the ground and stun him with a Taser gun while he was arguing on behalf of Bundy in a federal courtroom last fall.... Mumford Monday night told The...
  • Feds file motion to dismiss charges against Ammon Bundy's lawyer Marcus Mumford

    03/14/2017 2:43:19 AM PDT · by Spiridon · 10 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 3/13/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    Special federal prosecutors assigned to the criminal case against Ammon Bundy's lawyer filed a motion Monday to dismiss all the charges against Marcus Mumford. The motion comes more than three weeks after a judge dropped one of three charges against Mumford and ruled that he would decide the remaining two charges after a trial. It comes on the first business day after a federal jury in Portland found four remaining defendants guilty on a variety of charges stemming from the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge..... "I'm thankful the case is being dismissed," said Mumford's attorney Michael Levine. He said...
  • Four more states to challenge Trump travel ban

    03/09/2017 4:10:00 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/3/17 | Ben Ariel
    Democratic attorneys general in four states announced on Thursday that they will try to block President Donald Trump’s revised executive order on travel in court, The Hill reported. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday his office will file a motion asking U.S. District Judge James Robart, who issued the order blocking the first version of the ban, to reaffirm that the order applies to the new version of the travel ban as well. ..... The new ban, which was signed by Trump on Monday, blocks citizens of six Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Iraqi citizens,...
  • Oregon Rep. Walden to stem prosecution of ranchers under federal terrorism statutes

    03/09/2017 1:55:09 PM PST · by Twotone · 5 replies
    Free Range Report ^ | March 8, 2017 | Marjorie Haun
    United States Representative Greg Walden of Oregon has been a lone advocate for the rural interests of his state amid a forest of progressive politicians and radical special interest groups. During the so-called Oregon Standoff, when a group of ranchers protested the convictions of Dwayne and Steven Hammond under federal terrorism statutes in late 2015, Representative Walden took a courageous stand for property rights and balance in cases such as that of the Hammonds. The Oregon Standoff was not some random, ‘anti-government’ riot by right-wing extremists. It was a public demonstration against the unjust, overreaching, and cruel treatment of the...
  • Lawyers vigorously challenge misdemeanor charges against refuge occupiers (OREGON STANDOFF)

    03/09/2017 3:59:16 AM PST · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 3/8/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    Defense lawyers Wednesday vigorously challenged misdemeanor charges against four defendants accused in the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as the judge prodded a prosecutor to make his case against each by citing specific evidence and exhibits. The defense argued that the federal regulation involving trespass as a national wildlife refuge is vague, that defendants never received formal notice they were trespassing and that no evidence exists that the four saw trespassing signs on the property. They also said a white Dodge Durango, a green all-terrain vehicle, an excavator and front-loader that defendants used didn't have U.S. Fish and...
  • Criminal conspirators or political protestors? Lawyers paint different....(OREGON STANDOFF)

    03/08/2017 4:44:21 AM PST · by Spiridon · 4 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 3/7/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    Prosecutors urged jurors to use common sense and consider the "overwhelming circumstantial evidence" to return guilty verdicts against four occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge charged with conspiring to prevent federal workers from doing their jobs through intimidation, threat or force. "At its core, this case is about four defendants who went too far," Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight said Tuesday. He reminded the jury that no formal agreement is necessary to prove the conspiracy charges..... Defense lawyers countered in closing arguments that the government's case was based on a "wild conspiracy theory" itself. Prosecutors, they argued, presented "no...
  • Defense calls last witnesses in second refuge takeover trial (OREGON STANDOFF)

    03/07/2017 5:22:54 AM PST · by Spiridon · 9 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 3/6/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    Bruce "B.J." Soper, a founding member of the Pacific Patriots Network, testified Monday that he heard Ammon Bundy propose taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in a hard stand during a brief meeting in a Burns home on Dec. 29, 2015. But in contrast to refuge occupier Blaine Cooper's testimony for the government, Soper said no logistics were discussed. He said Jason Patrick, Jon Ritzheimer, Ryan Payne and others were present but they never talked about how Bundy planned to accomplish the takeover. There was no discussion about refuge employees and no final decision was made during the 10...
  • BLM special agent is focus of investigations [ Dan Love ]

    03/04/2017 6:25:18 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    San Juan Record ^ | Feb 28, 2017
    Dan Love, a controversial law-enforcement agent for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), is the subject of several investigations into his actions as special-agent-in-charge of BLM activities in Utah and Nevada. Most recently, Congressman Jason Chaffetz alleges that Love may have destroyed files, withheld documents, and coached witnesses in order to avoid a Congressional investigation. Chaffetz asked the Department of Interior (DOI) Inspector General to investigate the allegations. Love is also the focus of a DOI Inspector General report that states he used his position to gain perks at the annual Burning Man Festival in Nevada. The report states that...
  • March 4 Trump meets resistance during Lake Oswego rally (OR)

    03/04/2017 5:33:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | March 4, 2017 | Mike Zacchino
    Pics and videos at link. Nearly 1,000 demonstrators rallied in Lake Oswego Saturday afternoon as several March 4 Trump events broke out across the country. Approximately 200 demonstrators gathered in George Rogers Park in a show of support for President Donald Trump and against what they said was a biased media and obstruction by Democrats on Capitol Hill. They were met by a crowd of anti-Trump protesters who had lined the march route on State Street and parked themselves at the intersection where the March 4 Trump would turn and walk back to the park. Anti-Trump organizers say as many...
  • DOJ Investigates Oregon Judge for Allegedly Helping Illegal Immigrant Flee ICE Agents

    03/04/2017 1:04:37 PM PST · by davikkm · 14 replies
    breitbart ^ | ILDEFONSO ORTIZ
    A county judge in Oregon is under fire for allegedly helping an illegal immigrant use her private entrance to avoid being captured by federal agents. The judge is not facing criminal charges at this time; however, the Department of Justice is looking into the matter. “I was troubled because, on the face of it, what I heard sounded like potential federal criminal law violations and/or ethical violations,” U.S. Attorney Billy Williams told Willamette Week reporters. “Generally, we’re talking about obstruction of justice.” The case took place in January at the Multnomah County Courthouse in Oregon, where 22-year-old Diddier Pacheco Salazar...
  • Did Judge Help Immigrant Escape ICE Agents Waiting Outside Courtroom?

    03/04/2017 8:08:27 AM PST · by RideForever · 17 replies
    ABA Journal ^ | 3/3/2017 | Debra Cassens Weiss
    "Williams decided he wouldn’t open a criminal investigation or pursue an ethics complaint, according to the Willamette Week. Instead, Williams and officials with ICE and the Department of Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility met with court personnel to discuss the issue over lunch."
  • Idaho woman issued federal citation for not standing for jury in....(OREGON STANDOFF)

    03/04/2017 3:59:52 AM PST · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 3/3/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    Iva Henderson, at age 59, had never been on an airplane before she was subpoenaed to testify in federal court in Portland this week. Henderson and her husband, Rich Henderon, live in a small rural community in Riggins, Idaho, population 600. Both had spent two nights at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last winter. They said they'd gone there to protest what they viewed as the unjust federal prosecution of two Harney County ranchers...... Wednesday afternoon, though, she was told she wouldn't be called to testify at all. A witness coordinator told her a flight would be arranged for her...
  • Refuge occupier's sounding of a shofar becomes subject of disputed testimony (OREGON STANDOFF)

    03/03/2017 4:03:23 AM PST · by Nextrush
    OregonLive ^ | 3/2/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    What was the meaning of occupier Brand Thornton's blowing of the shofar when he accompanied the first convoy of men who seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 2, 2016? One prosecution witness said the sounding of the ram's horn meant an "all clear" signal after protesters went building to building, armed with rifles, to check if anybody was on the federal property. Another prosecution witness called it a symbol of battle. But defense lawyer Andrew Kohlmetz said he wanted jurors to hear Thornton's testimony--that the shofar blowing is just part of Thornton's "religious ministry." ...Thornton, who has never...
  • A Multnomah County Judge Allegedly Helped an Undocumented Immigrant Escape ICE Through Her Courtroom

    03/02/2017 10:45:25 AM PST · by lowbridge · 46 replies
    wweek.com ^ | February 27, 2017 | Corey Pein
    A young man's daring escape from capture by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, apparently with the assistance of a local judicial referee, has shocked and divided the Portland legal community. Multnomah County court referee Monica Herranz is under internal review and the target of complaints from a federal prosecutor after allegedly helping the undocumented immigrant elude ICE last month by exiting the courtroom through an employee door. The getaway didn't ultimately keep the man from being snared by immigration officials after pleading guilty to a DUII. But it demonstrates how everyday court proceedings have mutated, and how tensions have...
  • Refuge visitors, character witnesses

    03/02/2017 3:58:33 AM PST · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 3/1/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    Montana rssident Roxsanna Ryan, who homeschooled her 12 children, said she wasn't surprised when her middle child Jake Ryan, 28, chose to stay at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last winter when he accompanied his father and brothers on a drive from their home to deliver community-donated goods.... ..the next time she heard from Jake Ryan was the night of Jan. 26, 2016, in a "goodbye" call, his voice shaking and in fear following the police fatal shooting of occupation spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum. "He says will you please tell everyone goodbye for me," she recalled. "He said things are...
  • Activist: ICE agents detain 10 workers near Woodburn [Oregon]

    03/01/2017 4:09:10 AM PST · by GonzoII · 37 replies
    AP/KGW ^ | February 28, 2017 | Andrew Selsky
    SALEM, Ore. — Federal immigration officers stopped two vans carrying 19 workers headed to a forest in Oregon to pick an ornamental shrub and took 10 of them away, an activist said Tuesday. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers made the traffic stops in Woodburn and on a highway just outside town early Friday, said Pedro Sosa of the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group. He said most of the workers are Guatemalan and at least one is Mexican. Sosa said Tuesday that four or five of the workers remained in detention and may be in Tacoma, Washington. The...
  • Ammon Bundy returns to federal courtroom in Portland as a defense witness (OREGON STANDOFF)

    03/01/2017 3:58:03 AM PST · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 2/28/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    Prosecutors spent twice as long cross-examining Ammon Bundy when he returned to a Porland courtroom Tuesday compared to last fall during his own trial that ended with his acquittal..... ...Bundy was the first witness for the defense of four men who say they were inspired by his videos and calls to take a 'hard stand in Burns" and now face trial themselves..... Assistant U.S. Attorney Ethan Knight began his cross-examination the same way he did last year, asking Bundy if he was the leader of the occupation. But Knight covered more ground and pointed out inconsistencies in Bundy's testimony this...
  • Local judge may have help illegal immigrant Viod ICE agents

    02/28/2017 10:05:09 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 12 replies
    katu ^ | Feb 27, 2017 | Keaton Thomas
    PORTLAND, Ore. — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland says someone in a courtroom at the Multnomah County Justice Center helped an undocumented immigrant avoid capture by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Diddier Pacheco-Salazar was in a court hearing on Jan. 27 at the Justice Center for DUII and Reckless Driving, according to his defense attorney, John Schlosser. Schlosser said he was waiting for his client to get out of the courtroom, along with four ICE agents. Billy Williams, the U.S. Attorney in the District of Oregon, said those agents targeted Pacheco-Salazar for his criminal history. They had his...
  • Blaine Cooper becomes 1st cooperating witness to testify for government...(OREGON STANDOFF TRIAL)

    02/28/2017 4:01:34 AM PST · by Nextrush · 10 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 2/27/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    Ammon Bundy called a clandestine meeting around the dining room of their host's home in Burns on Dec. 29, 2015, and directed the five other men attending to leave their cell phones and laptops behind... ...Bundy discussed for the first time his idea of taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, testified occupier Blaine Cooper, called as a government witness... Cooper's testimony about a Dec. 29 dining-room sit down marked the first time any one has referenced in court a late December 2015 meeting in which there was talk between Bundy and five other men about seizing the federal wildlife...
  • Oregon standoff defendant Darryl Thorn planned to sneak back onto refuge, agent says

    02/24/2017 4:00:15 AM PST · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 2/23/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    An FBI agent on Thursday showed jurors a slew of phots and messages found on defendant Darryl Thorn's Facebook page, including Thorn's stated plan of "sneaking back" onto the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge a year ago. Thorn, a member of Washington's 3 percent militia, proclaimed in a Feb. 4, 2016 private Facebook message: "I won't let my brothers and sisters die by themselves. After having left the refuge by early Jan. 27, 2016, he talked of his plan to go back to the refuge, saying, "I have a good lay out of the land."....... Thorn's defense lawyer, Marc Friedman, suggested...
  • If You Think the BLM were Bad at Bundy Ranch, Look at what They did to this Man over this

    02/23/2017 7:15:27 AM PST · by ReformedMedia · 14 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 02-23-2017 | Tim Brown
    In March of 2016, I reported on the Bureau of Land Management and the leader of the BLM at Bundy Ranch, Daniel P. Love, in a case from 2009 involving Indian artifacts he discovered and the wrongful death of Dr. James Redd.  Since that time, I have been in touch with the Redd family, who provided the following information.  I have asked that person to compile information pertaining to what took place with Dr. Redd.  The following bullet points, videos and information are what I obtained.  You can download this file here that are the "attachments" mentioned in the article...
  • FBI authorized some informants to engage in unlawful activity at refuge (OREGON STANDOFF)

    02/23/2017 3:57:23 AM PST · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 2/22/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    Over the objection of a prosecutor, a defense lawyer Wednesday asked Oregon's recently retired top FBI agent about his reaction to the jury verdict from the first trial in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. "You do not believe the participants that went to trial in the fall of 2016 were held accountablem that's correct?" asked Michele Kohler, representing defendant Duane Ehmer. After some hesitation and direction from the judge to answer the question, retired FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing replied, "That's correct." Kohler pointed out that Bretzing didn't testify during last year's trial of the...
  • Dennis Richardson: 2 Oregon addresses are receiving a suspicious number of ballots

    02/22/2017 9:29:18 AM PST · by OddLane · 24 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | February 21, 2017 | Gordon Friedman
    Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson said Tuesday that his agency has identified two addresses receiving a suspicious number of ballots -- but cautioned that no actual voter fraud was found. In an interview with The Oregonian/OregonLive, Richardson said the state Elections Division examined addresses receiving more than 10 ballots and found two that appear to be "fraudulent." More than 6,500 addresses in Oregon receive at least 10 ballots, most of them retirement homes and fraternity or sorority houses, he said. The fact that only two appeared to be engaging in possibly fraudulent activity should reassure Oregonians that election systems...
  • VIDEO: Woman Shot With Police Projectiles at Don’t Shoot Portland Protest (Portland, OR)

    02/22/2017 5:26:26 AM PST · by simpson96 · 31 replies
    Willamette Week ^ | 2/20/2017 | Mike Bivins
    Growing tensions between protesters and the Portland Police Bureau erupted in violence today, as riot police tackled and shot projectiles at a President's Day demonstration. Video captured at the protest shows a demonstrator confronting police on Southwest 6th Avenue, then being tackled and shot with non-lethal projectiles. Today's protest, organized by the group Don't Shoot Portland, was officially labeled a "Not My President's Day" protest against President Donald Trump. But protests of Trump have increasingly intersected with marches against police violence, as anti-police sentiments have grown in the wake of the Feb. 9 shooting of black teenager Quanice Hayes. Around...
  • February 17, Week Three, Oregon State Government

    02/21/2017 9:06:25 AM PST · by thirst4truth · 5 replies
    Jeff Kruse Website ^ | 2-17-2017 | State Senator Jeff Kruse
    FEBRUARY 17, 2017 WEEK THREE We are starting to have a few bills working their way through the system, but at this point nothing of any major impact. There are, however, the beginnings of discussions in some subject areas that will have significant implications. Having said that, the real issues taking front stage are the budget and the projected deficit. From that perspective I took a look at the bills that have been assigned to the House Revenue committee to see how many tax increase measures were there. I counted 38, but I have since been told there are now...
  • BLM Agent Daniel P. Love Named in Investigation [ Cliven Bundy family and more ]

    02/20/2017 6:36:29 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    Redoubt News ^ | February 19, 2017 | Shari Dovale
    The truth is being revealed, as we all prayed that it would. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Agent Daniel P. Love has been breaking the law for years. Using and abusing his authority to run his own personal fiefdom. Bullying citizens until they commit suicide. All while believing he was above the law. Or so a report released last month seems to indicate. ... On February 14th, a letter from U.S. Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, named Daniel P. Love and questions an investigation that points to the deletion of hundreds of documents the day before a...
  • Jury of 12 plus four alternates selected for second Oregon standoff trial (AG SESSIONS ROLE?)

    02/18/2017 4:03:21 AM PST · by Nextrush
    OregonLive ^ | 2/15/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    A jury of seven women and five men, plus four alternates, will return to court next week for opening statements... Opening statements in the trial, expected to last up to four week, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Jason Patrick, Duane Ehmer, Jake Ryan and Darryl Thorn are charged with conspiring to impede federal employees from doing their work at the refuge through intimidation, threats or force. Patrick, Ryan and Thorn also face weapons charges, and Ehmer and Ryan are accused of digging trenches on government property with a refuge excavator. The jurors will return verdicts on those felony charges,...
  • Judge dismisses 1 of 3 charges against Marcus Mumford... (OREGON STANDOFF LAWYER TASED IN COURT)

    02/17/2017 4:02:14 AM PST · by Nextrush · 16 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 2/16/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    A federal judge Thursday dropped one of three criminal charges against Marcus Mumford, Ammon Bundy's lawyer, and ruled he'll issue a verdict on the other two charges, not a jury. U.S. District John C. Coughenour dismissed a charge that accused Mumford of creating a disturbance by impeding the official duties of government officers because it encompassed the same conduct alleged in the second count, failing to comply with official signs that prohibit the disruption of federal officers' official work. Coughenour declined to grant Mumford a jury trial as requested, or his mission to dismiss all the charges. Mumford's lawyer Michael...
  • Lawyer urges judge to dismiss criminal charges against Marcus Mumford (OREGON STANDOFF-VIDEO EMBED)

    02/16/2017 4:00:57 AM PST · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 2/15/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    Marcus Mumford's lawyer urged a judge Wednesday to dismiss all criminal charges against his client, citing "outrageous" government misconduct and a lack of authority by deputy U.S. marshals to wrestle Mumford to the ground and stun him with a Taser gun while he was arguing on behalf of Ammon Bundy in court last fall. Marshals took Mumford into custody on Oct. 27 just after a jury acquitted Bundy, the leader of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation of all charges in the case. The jury also acquitted six co-defendants. "Mr. Mumford stood in the well of the courtroom and protested...
  • After Oroville Dam State of Emergency, Experts Look at Southern Oregon Dams

    02/15/2017 7:01:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    KTVL ^ | Wednesday, February 15th 2017 | Mike Marut
    In Oregon, seven dams have been deemed unsatisfactory - one in Josephine County, another in Curry County. Oregon Water Resources Department and Josephine County Parks say they know the McMullen Dam in Lake Selmac has problems. They have known for years. "With the parks budget being just over $1 million, the cost of the dam itself is going to come in between {$1 million and $3 million] dollars to improve it," Josephine County Parks manager Sarah Wright said. To get an 'unsatisfactory' result means the dam cannot contain or handle a moderate sized flood. At Lake Selmac, that's rare -...
  • Lost Creek Lake Prepared for Emergency

    02/15/2017 6:52:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    News10 ^ | Sarina Sandoval
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it's prepared for any emergency in case there is a situation like the one in Orville, California. David tucker is the Chief of Operations with the corps and says both Applegate and Lost Creek Lake have no significant issues, based on their last inspection. He says the most recent inspection was last summer. The corps only found minor wear and tear issues. Tucker says this is normal since the facilities are around 40-years-old. "We have an established schedule for maintaining the elevation or the pool level in the reservoirs so that we can...
  • Defense lawyer raises potential conflict with prosecutors' jury consultant in refuge case

    02/15/2017 3:57:35 AM PST · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 2/14/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    A defense lawyer Tuesday morning raised concerns about the jury consultant hired by federal prosecutors, moments before jury selection began in the trial of four remaining defendaants charged in the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Andrew Kohlmetz, who represents defendant Jason Patrick, said he had multiple conversations in November with an employee of Tsongas Litigation Consulting Inc., the same firm that prosecutors have hired to help them in picking a jury for the current trial. Kohlmetz said he talked to the consultant several times about potential jurors that the defense team might seek and the need for a...
  • Oregon Gov. Kate Brown & AG Ellen Rosenblum Blaze The Oregon Trail Of Political Patronage

    02/14/2017 2:30:58 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2-13-17 | Adam Andrzejewski ,
    As the state contemplates an income tax hike, Oregon's elites line their pockets with taxpayer money. In 2016, as politicians across America were fleeing voter wrath, Oregon’s governor and attorney general were blazing an unlikely trail – accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from businesses with state contracts. Since 1940, at the federal level, individuals and entities negotiating or working under federal contracts are prohibited from giving political cash to candidates, parties or committees. In Oregon, however, this political patronage is perfectly legal, at least for now. Our analysis at American Transparency (OpenTheBooks.com) found 207 state contractors...
  • Oregon Gov. Kate Brown And AG Ellen Rosenblum Blaze The Oregon Trail Of Political Patronage

    02/14/2017 7:30:20 AM PST · by Twotone · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | Feb. 13, 2017 | Adam Andrzejewski
    As the state contemplates an income tax hike, Oregon's elites line their pockets with taxpayer money. In 2016, as politicians across America were fleeing voter wrath, Oregon’s governor and attorney general were blazing an unlikely trail – accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from businesses with state contracts. Since 1940, at the federal level, individuals and entities negotiating or working under federal contracts are prohibited from giving political cash to candidates, parties or committees. In Oregon, however, this political patronage is perfectly legal, at least for now. Our analysis at American Transparency (OpenTheBooks.com) found 207 state contractors...
  • FBI admits no arrest warrant signed when Duane Ehmer was arrested....(FBI LIED, OREGON STANDOFF)

    02/14/2017 3:57:28 AM PST · by Nextrush · 5 replies
    OregonLive ^ | 2/9/2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    FBI agents admit in court papers that they had no arrest warrant when they too Duane Ehmer into custody at a checkpoint outside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 27, 2016, contrary to an agent's testimony earlier this week. It wasn't until the day after Ehmer's arrest that a federal magistrate judge signed a criminal complaint against Ehmer based on an FBI agent's probable cause affidavit. Ehmer's lawyer Michele Kohler has urged the judge to suppress evidence found in what she contentds was an unlawful search of Ehmer's car and horse trailer after his arrest without a warrant. Prosecutors...
  • FBI admits no arrest warrant signed when Duane Ehmer was arrested, contrary to agent's testimony

    02/12/2017 3:47:19 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | February 09, 2017 | Maxine Bernstein
    FBI agents admit in court papers that they had no arrest warrant when they took Duane Ehmer into custody at a checkpoint outside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 27, 2016, contrary to an agent's testimony earlier this week. It wasn't until the day after Ehmer's arrest that a federal magistrate judge signed a criminal complaint against Ehmer based on an FBI agent's probable cause affidavit. Ehmer's lawyer Michele Kohler has urged the judge to suppress evidence found in what she contends was an unlawful search of Ehmer's car and horse trailer after his arrest without a warrant. ......
  • Here’s What The Prosecutors in the Bundy Ranch Case Didn’t Want (trunk)

    02/12/2017 10:22:33 AM PST · by Twotone · 13 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | Feb. 11, 2017 | Tim Brown
    As I was writing today’s previous article on the Bundy Ranch case and asking whether or not the government hid the Inspector General’s report that found a Bureau of Land Management agent, allegedly Daniel P. Love, guilty of misconduct, I referenced what the prosecution wanted to shield the court from seeing and hearing. So, I thought I would take the things they wanted to keep the court from seeing and hearing and expose them in this article. We’ll take each of these one at a time and you tell me if you can see why they would like to have...
  • Conservative Blogger Found Guilty On 21 Counts For Self-Defense With A Firearm (trunc)

    02/12/2017 6:41:39 AM PST · by Twotone · 47 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb. 10, 2017 | Cristina Laila
    Conservative blogger, Michael Strickland, a former contributor at The Gateway Pundit and Progressives Today, was jailed in Portland, Oregon in July of 2016 after he pulled a gun on a gang of thugs who were going to attack him at a black lives matter protest. In 2015 Michael was jumped by an anti-gun activist who broke his arm in three places at an anti-Second Amendment event. Victoria Taft reported on Mr. Strickland’s 21 count felony indictment which you can read in full here. Strickland, 37, was found guilty of 10 counts of unlawful use of a weapon, 10 counts of...
  • Police arrest Portland riot suspects

    02/10/2017 1:50:33 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    NBC News Local ^ | February 10, 2017 | by Max Barr
    PORTLAND, Ore. – Detectives on Thursday arrested two men accused of damaging several Northwest Portland businesses during a post-election protest that devolved into a riot last November. Protesters marched through the streets of Portland for five straight nights in opposition to the election of Donald Trump. Several people damaged cars and businesses in Portland's Pearl District. Investigators identified 19-year-old Elijah K. Gerard and 19-year-old David Deron Lewis Jr. as suspects after the two men were seen in photos and videos damaging property. Gerard damaged a Jeep and assaulted the driver, police said. He’s also accused of damaging Seres Restaurant and...
  • '9th Circus'? Scholars Say Court's Liberal Rep Is Overblown

    02/07/2017 11:16:07 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 7, 2017 | Gene Johnson
    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is weighing the appeal of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, is the federal appeals court conservatives have long ridiculed as the "nutty 9th" or the "9th Circus." Covering a huge swath of territory — nine western states plus Guam — the San Francisco-based court handles far more cases than any other federal appeals court, including some rulings that have invoked furor from conservatives over the years. Among them: finding that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional, that the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays...
  • IG Probe finds BLM Guilty of Misconduct, Bundy Ranch Lawyers Ready to Pounce

    02/06/2017 6:47:59 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    The Constitution ^ | February 4, 2017 | Tim Brown
    As trials of political prisoners on trumped up charges by the central government loom, charges that have either been dismissed or they have been acquitted of in Oregon, the Bureau of Land Management agent in charge has now allegedly been found guilty of misconduct by the Inspector General; and a Bundy case attorney is going after him. ... Attorney Chris Rasmussen filed a Motion For Review of BLM Personnel Records after a scathing report released by the Office Of The Inspector General, said a Special Agent In Charge of the BLM was found to have committed Ethical Violations and Misconduct...
  • Report: BLM agent in ethics probe threatened retaliation: 'Grenades will go off' (Dan Love)

    02/02/2017 5:55:44 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies
    Deseret News ^ | February 1, 2017 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Interior Department's Office of Inspector General investigated an unnamed Bureau of Land Management supervisory agent in Salt Lake City for more than a year on ethics complaints, with the independent panel concluding that breaches had occurred. The agent, which the Deseret News has confirmed is Dan Love through a source familiar with the investigation, is accused of using his position to secure preferential treatment for his family during the 2015 Burning Man event in Nevada, including using federal law enforcement officers as personal escorts for their safety, using his BLM vehicle to transport his girlfriend...