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Oregon v. Gerhardt  
Date: November 25, 2016
Docket Number: S063612

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Scott Gerhardt was convicted of strangling his wife. At sentencing, the trial court awarded the victim restitution for attorney fees that she incurred to enforce a no-contact order that the court had previously...

Handy v. Lane County  
Date: November 25, 2016
Docket Number: S063725

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed this action claiming, among other things, that a quorum of the Lane County commissioners had violated ORS 192.630(2) by engaging in a series of private communications to decide whether to comply with a pu...

Wels v. Hippe  
Date: November 17, 2016
Docket Number: S063486

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sought a prescriptive easement over an existing road that crossed defendants’ property. The dispute in this case was whether plaintiff satisfied the requirement to prove “adverse use.” The trial court found tha...

Oregon v. Jesse  
Date: November 17, 2016
Docket Number: S063856

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Lane Jesse was indicted in April 2011 on one count of first-degree sexual abuse, based on an allegation that he knowingly subjected his daughter M to sexual contact. The issue on appeal to the Oregon Supreme Co...

MT&M Gaming, Inc. v. City of Portland  
Date: November 3, 2016
Docket Number: S063648

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a Washington corporation and casino operator, brought an action in Oregon against the city of Portland under the Oregon Uniform Declaratory Judgment Act, seeking a declaration that certain practices the city h...

Moro v. Oregon  
Date: October 27, 2016
Docket Number: S061452

Justia Opinion Summary: In the underlying litigation to this appeal, claimants were petitioners or represented petitioners who challenged legislation passed in 2013 that changed the pension benefits paid to certain members of the Public Employe...

In re Sanai
Date: October 27, 2016
Docket Number: S063514
Barrett v. Peters  
Date: October 20, 2016
Docket Number: S063743

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Jacob Barrett committed aggravated murder in Oregon and was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Pursuant to the Interstate Corrections Compact (ICC), Oregon transferred petitioner to an institution in t...

Taylor v. Peters  
Date: October 20, 2016
Docket Number: S063763

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Marvin Taylor was an Oregon inmate who was convicted, sentenced, and incarcerated in Oregon, but confined in Colorado pursuant to the Western Interstate Corrections Compact (WICC). Petitioner appeals from a ju...

Oregon v. Ghim  
Date: October 13, 2016
Docket Number: S063426

Justia Opinion Summary: The State charged defendant Denny Ghim and his wife with 17 counts of criminal mistreatment, first-degree theft, and aggravated first-degree theft. Midway through trial, defendant’s wife filed a motion in limine to exclu...

Oregon v. Barnthouse  
Date: October 6, 2016
Docket Number: S063426

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2012, an inter-agency drug interdiction team (comprised of U.S. Postal Service inspectors and local law enforcement) was deployed to examine packages at a USPS air cargo center near Portland International Airport. An...

FountainCourt Homeowners v. FountainCourt Develop.  
Date: September 22, 2016
Docket Number: S062691

Justia Opinion Summary: American Family Mutual Insurance Company (AFM) sought review of a Court of Appeals decision upholding the trial court's judgment in a garnishment proceeding requiring AFM to pay a judgment that plaintiffs FountainCourt H...

Oregon v. Chandler  
Date: September 22, 2016
Docket Number: S063096

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Brian Chandler was convicted of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. On appeal of that conviction, defendant argued the trial court erred by admitting a videotaped pretrial interrogation of defendant by Det...

Oregon v. Boyd  
Date: September 22, 2016
Docket Number: S063260

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Robert Boyd's girlfriend was found dead on the street, the victim of a severe beating. Witnesses saw her on the ground and saw defendant running away from the scene. A few minutes later, police arrested defenda...

Oregon v. Davidson  
Date: September 22, 2016
Docket Number: S063387

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Dennis Davidson was convicted of two counts of public indecency for exposing himself at a public park; because he had two prior felony convictions for public indecency, and the trial court found no ground for d...

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