Steven T. Wax, Oregon's federal public defender, has created a crack legal team to follow the rule of law, even fighting for those accused of terrorism
Since Steven T. Wax arrived in Oregon 28 years ago as federal public defender, he has battled the government that pays his salary to ensure that people accused of federal crimes, but who cannot afford an attorney, receive a fair trial. His position -- that no person and no place, not even Guantanamo, is outside the law -- has vaulted his team from quiet, homogenous Portland onto the world stage on terror issues.
PORTLAND — The Cully neighborhood isn’t one of Portland’s celebrated areas, yet. Crime, poverty and neglected properties leave it a bit rough around the edges. But an influx of self-described “homesteaders,” not hipsters, is transforming the northeast Portland neighborhood into a hotbed of urban farming.
Seventy nine University of Oregon faculty who are not protected by tenure lost their jobs for the coming school year. The “contract nonrenewals” issued Monday are part of Pres. Michael Schill’s plan to redeploy cash to the university’s newly sharpened priorities — such as hiring 100 tenure track faculty over the next five years and making it easier for students to graduate on time.
Oregon Supreme Court: Injured people can't sue state for more than $3 million, controversial law stands
The Oregon Supreme Court ruled that a Klamath Falls boy who was awarded more than $12 million after surgeons at Oregon Health & Science University botched his liver operation can't receive more than $3 million because of state tort claim limits law.
University of Oregon paid its police chief $46,000 to go away
Carolyn McDermed, chief for the past four years, helped UO lose a $755,000 lawsuit by retaliating against a young officer who spoke up against department bias and ineptitude. Her own testimony in the case cast her as clueless about some serious matters in her own department and the jury determined she vindictively retaliated against the whistleblower.