A source in the Washington County legal community tells WW
several defense lawyers are planning a silent protest
in court this morning based on our Rogue of the Week
The lawyers plan to hold copies of the current issue of WW
during the weekly case assignment session in Washington County Circuit Judge Thomas Kohl's courtroom. The meeting lasts about two hours, and at least one representative from the DA's office always attends.
Our current Rogue
describes how the Washington County District Attorney's office is using a domestic-violence law to prosecute a teenage driver. The move shocked
Secretary of State Kate Brown
, who wrote the law as a state senator in 1997 and told WW
she's "horrified" it's being used this way.
Our source says Jason Weiner
, the deputy district attorney who made that charging decision, is often in attendance at the weekly session where Judge Kohl assigns each case pending trial to a specific judge in the Hillsboro courthouse.