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.
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.
Kate Brown, supposed transparency advocate, defends months-long public records run-around: Editorial
There's something Oregonians should know about the governor who, in her Feb. 18 inaugural speech, emphasized the need to "restore the public's trust" in state government, to which end "We ... must strengthen laws to ensure timely release of public...
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.