Disability vs. Personality

In State v. Craigen 296 Or App 772 (March 27, 2019), the Court of Appeals held that the trial Court had erred when it determined that evidence of defendant’s depression and brain injury could not be considered in connection with defendant’s EED (Extreme Emotional Disturbance) defense. Under Oregon case law, a defendant’s “personal characteristics” are… Read More

“Warrior or Diplomat?” An interesting article about public defenders

Courthouse ‘Warrior’ or Diplomat? The Public Defender’s Challenge “In every courthouse where criminal cases are heard, there are damaged or apathetic individuals who have been granted power over the lives of impoverished clients, who enjoy their roles, and who abuse their authority at leisure from positions of complete security.” Appropriate response unclear but certainly worth… Read More