What happens if you fire all your lawyers, one by one by one?

When three of defendant’s four appointed attorneys withdrew following threats by defendant, trial court did not err by declining to appoint a fifth attorney. Would it have been better had the court had advise defendant of the risks of self-representation? Maybe. But the Court of Appeals found the trial judge’s warning that defendant’s misconduct toward… Read More

What does it take to get someone civilly committed in Oregon?

Recently, in State v. S.E.R., the Oregon Court of Appeals overturned (yet another) civil commitment order. The issue before the court was whether the evidence presented at the commitment hearing had been sufficient to prove that she was “[d]angerous to self or others” within the meaning of ORS 426.005(1)(f)(A). A person is “dangerous to self”… Read More