Economists to Discuss Legalized Weed at Econ Forum

As we inch closer to November 2014 elections and ballot measures in Oregon; specifically, Measure 91, the potential for legalized marijuana continues to draw interest not only from criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors, cannabis lawyers, law enforcement, and dispensaries, processors and growers — but economists, as well. [Read more…]

Defendant Once Accused of Controlled Substance Homicide Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charges in Clark County Superior Court

Yesterday, it was reported in The Columbian by Paris Achen that a Vancouver woman once accused of homicide by delivery pleaded guilty to lesser charges including attempted delivery of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.

According to the article, the State encountered defects in the case with a witness who allegedly saw the defendant, Thomas, deliver the methamphetamine to John Cantwell, the decedent. Apparently, her credibility and possible mental health issues factored into the State’s decision to resolve the case pre-trial. [Read more…]

Child Abuse? Or Child Discipline? The case of Adrian Peterson Revitalized the Debate. But what is the law in Washington State?

Last week NFL football player, Adrian Peterson was indicted by a grand jury in Texas on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child from an alleged incident occurring in June 2013.

Since the story broke, there has been a great deal of debate in the news regarding child abuse and/or child discipline with opinions running the full gamut  between support and condemnation. [Read more…]

Now Decriminalized in Washington State, Recreational Weed Infrastructure Ain’t Kush

In November, Oregon voters will decide whether Measure 91 (recreational weed) gets passed.  Measure 91 is akin to Washington State’s I-502.  However, despite their prospective kinship there seems to be a slew of reading material lately suggesting how Oregon should avoid and / or learn from the mistakes that have hampered legalized weed in Washington State since the voters passed I-502. [Read more…]

Op Piece on Criminal Justice Act of 1964 by George Will in the Washington Post

Interesting opinion piece on the Criminal Justice Act of 1964 by George Will in the Washington Post. Must read for criminal defense attorneys in the public sector and private sectors.  The opinion article asks who is better off the pre or post act defendant?  One response might surprise some. [Read more…]

In Contrast to Colorado’s Recreational Weed Laws is Washington a Prospective Case Study for Oregon

Interesting article by Noelle Crombie in today’s The Oregonian.  Article addresses a Vancouver Pot Store’s struggle to stay open despite the demand and the legalized recreational use of marijuana in Washington State.  According to the article, among the culprits for slow business: pot shortages, high prices and (perhaps most importantly, in my humble opinion) “the backlog of growers, processors and retailers awaiting state licensing”.  Mj-infused edibles and concentrates are also scarce according to the article. [Read more…]

Clark County Courthouse Strives for Efficiency. Embraces Digital Filing.

The Columbian last Friday published an article by Paris Achen regarding the Clark County Clerk’s Office moving toward a digital filing system.  I just happened to be in line that day in the Clark County Superior Court Clerk’s Office when I was asked by Achen about digital filing.  And low and behold, I am in the news. [Read more…]

Supreme Court Lays Down the Law on Post-Arrest Cellphone Searches

In the shadow of the highly controversial “Hobby Lobby” case in which the US Supreme Court held corporations can state religious objections to employee health care benefits that are incongruent with their own religious beliefs — the US Supreme Court also imposed substantial limitations on post-arrest cell phone searches. [Read more…]

Amidst the backdrop of the World Cup, Hope Solo arrested on Domestic Violence Related Charges

As reported amongst multiple news outlets, Team U.S.A soccer goalie, Hope Solo, was arrested over the weekend on domestic violence related charges. Solo appeared in court today and entered not guilty pleas to Assault in the Fourth Degree – Domestic Violence.

Assault in the Fourth Degree is a gross misdemeanor. Punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $5,000.00 fine. [Read more…]

Pets up for Adoption following Closure of Animal Cruelty Case

As reported in The Columbian citing an article published in The Spokesman-Review several pets are up for adoption following the convictions of 4 people for animal cruelty.  The animals included guinea pigs, horses and goats.  According to the article, “[m]ost of the animals were in cages with no water and large amounts of feces. The home had no running water or electricity and was filled with animal feces, rotting food and garbage.”  The terms of the convictions include limitations on number of pets that can be owned in the future by the defendants. [Read more…]