Save the “Ancient Documents” Exception!

The “ancient documents” exception to the hearsay rule is under attack. Specifically, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Evidence Rules has proposed abrogating Federal Rule of Evidence 803(16). Usually, out of court statements (“hearsay”) are not admissible as evidence. There are many exception to this general rule. One longstanding exception has been for “ancient documents” […]

Oregon High School Teacher Gregg Martin Jensen Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing Student

54-year-old Liberty High School social studies teacher Gregg Martin Jensen has pled guilty to sexually abusing a 16-year-old student. Jensen was facing 19 counts of abuse and pled guilty to 3 counts Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court in Hillsboro, Oregon. According to Oregon Live, “Jensen was indicted in May on 19 counts of encouraging […]

Melvin Stout — Registered Sex Offender Arrested

Melvin “Bud” Richard Stout Jr., a 55-year-old Eugene, Oregon resident was arrested July 31, 2014 at his home after the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division received information that Stout had provided alcohol and sexually abused a 15-year-old girl. Melvin Stout is a registered sex offender in Oregon based upon a 1996 conviction of sex […]

Timur Dykes — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

The 1987 BSA “Ineligible Volunteer” file on Timur Dykes, a former Portland Boy Scout volunteer, is a telling example of how the BSA’s system of blackballing accused pedophiles failed to catch an unknown number of child molesters in Scouting. Dykes was an Assistant Scout Master and then Scout Master with Troop 719 in Portland, a […]

Ronald Patterson — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

Ronald Patterson is one of the thousands of men the Boy Scouts of America added to its secret list of “Ineligible Volunteers” over the decades. Like the other men found in the BSA’s confidential “Perversion Files,” Patterson was caught sexually molesting Boy Scouts. In Patterson’s case, he sexually fondled several boys in Troop 112 while […]

Ronald Patterson — Boy Scout Perversion Files

Ronald Patterson is one of the thousands of men the Boy Scouts of America added to its secret list of “Ineligible Volunteers” over the decades. Like the other men found in the BSA’s confidential “Perversion Files,” Patterson was caught sexually molesting Boy Scouts. In Patterson’s case, he sexually fondled several boys in Troop 112 while […]

Oregon Hospitals Launch Early Discussion and Resolution Program

A new Oregon law gives patients options for addressing medical malpractice problems that result in serious physical injuries. The Oregon Patient Safety Commission’s “Early Discussion and Resolution” program goes into effect today, July 1, 2014. Under this new law, health care patients or providers may give notice of any “adverse healthcare incidents” to the Patient […]

James Frederick Peetz — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

In December 1987, James Frederick Peetz of Beaverton Oregon registered as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America with Cub Scout Pack 763 in Beaverton, Oregon. Four months later, his registration was suspended when James Frederick Peetz pleaded guilty and was convicted of sexual abuse in the first degree. In May 1988, the name […]

William Tobiassen — Boy Scouts Perversion Files

In 1983, William Tobiassen, a life insurance agent in Corvallis, Oregon, was honored with the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts, the highest award given to an adult volunteer at the Council level. The award was in honor of his 21 years of work with the Boy Scouts, including ten years with Troop 186 […]

Oregon Grocery Stores Delay Efforts to Sell Hard Liquor

When I first moved to San Francisco from Oregon, I came home with a bottle of liquor every time I went grocery shopping. My husband eventually noticed and asked me why? Simple – BECAUSE I COULD. Unlike in Oregon, Californians can buy booze at the grocery store instead of having to make separate trips to […]

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