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Oregon v. Taylor  
Date: February 7, 2019
Docket Number: S062310

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury sentenced defendant David Taylor to death after he was convicted of aggravated murder, kidnapping, and other crimes against Celestino Gutierrez, as well as multiple offenses arising out of two bank robberies. In t...

Shriners Hospitals for Children v. Cox  
Date: February 7, 2019
Docket Number: S064390

Justia Opinion Summary: Shriners Hospitals for Children brought this action against defendant Michael Cox to collect on a note and obtained a default judgment against him. Shriners’ argument that defendant was judicially estopped from moving to...

Oregon v. Banks  
Date: February 7, 2019
Docket Number: S065180

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Rodney Banks was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) and, when asked, refused to take a breath test, which would have revealed the percentage of alcohol in his blood. The Oregon Supre...

Jackson v. Franke  
Date: January 31, 2019
Docket Number: S064876

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Melton Jackson, Jr. was tried on charges of first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy in 2001. At trial, petitioner’s counsel did not object to certain testimony, and controlling case law at that time...

Oregon v. Vallin  
Date: January 31, 2019
Docket Number: S065957

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Santiago Vallin was charged with first-degree theft in June 2017. At that time, ORS 137.717 provided a presumptive sentence of 18 months imprisonment for first-degree theft for defendants having two prior convi...

DISH Network Corp. v. Dept. of Rev.  
Date: January 25, 2019
Docket Number: S065019

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, DISH Network Corporation (DISH) received an assessment order from the Oregon Department of Revenue showing that its property in Oregon for tax purposes was valued at an amount that exceeded the previous year’s v...

J. M. v. Oregon Youth Authority  
Date: January 17, 2019
Docket Number: S065487

Justia Opinion Summary: Sixteen years after he had been sexually abused by an Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) employee, plaintiff filed suit; the issue on review was plaintiff’s 42 U.S.C. section 1983 claim against defendant Gary Lawhead, former s...

Oregon Trucking Assns. v. Dept. of Transportation  
Date: January 10, 2019
Docket Number: S065529

Justia Opinion Summary: The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) owned driver records, which were considered as assets of the State Highway Fund and subject to use restrictions set out in Article IX, section 3a, of the Oregon Constitution...

Oregon v. Lacey  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: S064616

Justia Opinion Summary: In criminal cases consolidated for trial, defendant Richard Lacey waived his right to counsel and invoked his right to self-representation after being warned that, if he engaged in disruptive conduct during his jury tria...

Oregon v. Sholedice  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: S064787

Justia Opinion Summary: These consolidated cases involved two defendants who were separately charged with unlawfully delivering marijuana. In one case United States Postal Service (USPS) took a package out of a mail hamper and put it on the flo...

In re Maurer
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: S064901
Dept. of Human Services v. S. J. M.  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: S064763

Justia Opinion Summary: In juvenile dependency cases consolidated for review, the issue centered on the permanency plans for two children and half-siblings, L and A, under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court. The Department of Human Services...

Oregon v. Kimbrough  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: S064985

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Dustin Kimbrough wished to have people killed and witnesses scared, so he sought to hire a hitman. For that, he was charged with and found guilty of several counts of attempted solicitation of aggravated murder...

Oregon v. Stevens  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: S065140

Justia Opinion Summary: While on patrol, Officer Klopfenstein stopped a van because one of its headlights was out. There were three passengers in the minivan. After asking the driver for his identification, the officer asked the driver about th...

Oregon v. Warren  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: S065338

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Christopher Warren was charged with multiple offenses in a single indictment. Defendant demurred to the indictment on the ground that it did not allege the basis for joining the charges. The trial court disallo...

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