Before legalization of recreational cannabis, west coast defense attorneys saw a lot of jury nullification.
(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) - Jury nullification is a concept where a jury on criminal case can hear the entire case, and then find the defendant not guilty because they do not agree with the law or punishment.
If you have ever been to jury duty you will hear often the court saying that as a juror it is your job to “follow the law”, however, the case law in this area says that jury nullification is actually following the law.
Hempstalk is a casualty of a hostile corporate takeover
(SALEM, Ore.) - Why? This is a successful festival that causes no harm and has proven to be well-organized and an economic benefit to Portland. Everyone wants to know what happened.
Mystery solved. The major sponsor who has backed the festival for ten years is unable to continue, a consequence of the hostile corporate takeover of Paul Stanford. They cannot afford to produce the annual event without new funding.
Canada's lottery history is part of the fabric of the country
(SALEM, Ore.) - There was a lottery in Quebec from 1969, offering a prize of $125,000, and the very first draw was held in 1970. However, the first government sponsored lottery took place on the 15th of April 1974, and its creation was entirely due to the financial woes being caused by the impending Olympics.
CBC Television screened the highly anticipated first draw in April ’74, while people were throwing ‘lottery parties’ at home to celebrate the event. Nine ladies from Quebec shared the million dollar top prize,.
Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley calls on the Government of Burma (Myanmar) to cease its persecution of the Rohingya ethnic minority
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - "There are significant ties between Oregon and the Rohingya community, and I share Oregonians’ concern about the escalating violence in Burma, which has led to the recent displacement of nearly 400,000 Rohingya and horrific death and suffering.
"The persecution of vulnerable Rohingya minorities, who are at risk of statelessness due to having been denied citizenship by the Government of Burma, bears the hallmarks of ethnic cleansing..."
A massive crime against humanity which has yet to be adjudicated.
(Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp, BE) - This week commemorates the 35th anniversary of the Wednesday, Sept. 15 to Saturday, Sept. 18, Sabra-Shatila Massacre in the Fakhani neighborhood of Beirut.
For many of the families and loved ones of the victims, as is certainly the case with this observer, it seems as though the Sabra-Shatila Massacre was committed at most four or five years ago. So vivid still in our memories are the horror images of that orgy of slaughter.
Known as the "last great conservative Republican", Eisenhower gives advice to future generations.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Jan 17, 1961
...In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
On the high ridges to the south, away from populated areas, the fire continues burning at low intensity.
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Last night, about 8:00 p.m., skies cleared and burning fuel pockets west of Herman Creek created an impressive plume visible for miles along the Columbia Gorge. The plume was caused by active fire, as light winds funneled up the Herman Creek drainage.
With darkness and cooling temperatures, winds were expected to blow the fire back down the drainage across already burned areas.
The cause of the capsized boat is still under investigation.
(DEPOE BAY, Ore.) - The US Coast Guard responded with a motor lifeboat and recovered the body, a deceased male identified as 69-year old Robert Lawrence Zimmel, from Forest Grove.
The Coast Guard notified Oregon State Police and local partner agencies and a search of the area continued. The crew of a US Coast Guard helicopter spotted a second deceased male subject floating nearby.
43% of all occupational electrical fatalities can be attributed to contact with overhead power lines.
(LEBANON, Ore.) - Deputies say Prock's son was using his foot to steady the end of the pipe as Prock lifted the pipe to a vertical position. The pipe struck an overhead 12,000 volt electrical wire, approximately 22 feet above the ground and both were shocked.
Prock collapsed and went unconscious, sustaining exit wounds on the bottom of his feet. Prock's son was uninjured.
(SALEM, Ore.) - The real estate market is a hugely interesting one, and it intrigues a lot of people. Most may not consider buying a home as an investment in the traditional sense, comparable with stocks and shares.
Instead, a property purchase is commonly thought of as providing a place for people to stay and ensure their loved ones are taken care of.
Rep. Marino withdrew his name back in May for the same position.
(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - President Donald Trump has announced that he intends to nominate Rep. Tom Marino (R) of Pennsylvania to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy -- second time for nomination.
Marino has been a longtime supporter of the president -- so much so that Trump nominated Marino back in the spring for the same position -- drug czar.
Unless House Speaker Paul Ryan and Trump get behind the Dream Act, it probably won't pass now.
(SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.) - Trump has decided to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) over six months unless Congress steps in with its own plan for these childhood arrivals.
If Trump has a "great love for DACA recipients," he would have called on Congress to pass the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act or Dream Act, and if it did, promise to sign it into law.
The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study surveyed nearly 13,000 US brides and grooms married in 2016
(SALEM, Ore.) - While the number of weddings may be on the decline in the US, it appears the budget is growing, as a record new high of wedding spending is set in 2017.
According to a survey done by The Knot, couples are now spending more per guest than ever before. The average price of a wedding in the US is now $35,329, despite the fact that the average number of guests has dropped.
About 300 names currently on the list will be purged.
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - The Gang Designation Policy was implemented more than 20 years ago when gun and gang violence rates had escalated dramatically in the city.
Today, new processes and technologies allow police to investigate crimes in a manner that our community supports and that will not have the unintended consequences of potentially harming those who may need services and help the most.
Addicting 7 to 16 year olds to hard drugs is not a happy surprise.
(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - On September 14, the FDA Advisory Committee will be holding a hearing on Purdue Pharma's new "blockbuster" opioid called Butrans. It is targeted for severe pain in children ages 7 to 16 years old.
There is not a doubt in my mind that once the FDA approves this latest killer opioid presented by Purdue Pharma, it will be off-labeled marketed as OxyContin was for all pain levels.