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Coffee Culture Clash

A Southeast Portland institution takes on its ultimate enemy.

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Walk into the Red and Black Cafe on any given night and you're liable to find a Dennis Kucinich campaign strategy meeting, an open-mic poetry slam, or a group of anti-corporate protesters speaking in ...   More
Wednesday, January 21, 2004 Nick Budnick

Kinkel Redux

Springfield murderer seeks new trial.

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The act itself was insane--but was he? In the span of 18 hours in May 1998, a gun-toting 15-year-old in Springfield killed his parents, then killed two of his classmates and wounded 25 others in the T ...   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2004 Nick Budnick

Conflicted Counsel?

Portland criminal-defense lawyer cleared in Maco ethics complaint.

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It turns out prosecutors weren't the only lawyers put in a dicey situation by Humberto Castro Soler's transformation from star witness to accused killer ("Swimming with Sharks," WW, Dec. 17, 2003). On ...   More
Wednesday, December 24, 2003 Nick Budnick

Lawyer Lassoed

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Flamboyant Portland defense lawyer Randy Ray Richardson was indicted Dec. 12 for allegedly bribing a witness. But his trademark smile was still in evidence, and even in defeat, Richardson did it his w ...   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 Nick Budnick

Swimming with Sharks

How a brutal drug trafficker convinced local prosecutors that someone else murdered Vincent Pawloski and Jodie Schneider.

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Last Monday, Humberto Castro Soler agreed to spend 25 years in prison.It was a dramatic change of roles for the 36-year-old man. Three years ago he was set to be the prosecutor's star witness in a dea ...   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 Nick Budnick

Mannix's Transparent Act

He didn't break any election laws. He just showed how flexible they are.

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The holiday glee started early for Kevin Mannix last week, when the state Department of Justice ruled out bringing criminal charges against him for political money-laundering.The decision is less of a ...   More
Wednesday, December 3, 2003 Nick Budnick

Bud Out!

Local civil-rights lawyers fend off feds' attempt to shut down medical-marijuana conference.

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Organizers from the Oregon chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws are still fuming over what they view as an effort to intimidate advocates of medicinal pot.The Oreg ...   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2003 Nick Budnick

The Man Behind the Chief

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The news last week that Mayor Vera Katz has proposed firing prominent police Capt. C.W. Jensen was surprising to some observers--but less so when you look at who made the call: Assistant Chief Sta ...   More
Wednesday, November 19, 2003 Nick Budnick


Does Oregon coddle its inmates? Ask Harvey Caron.

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Harvey Caron is the face of the Oregon State Penitentiary. Literally. When wayward youth come in every Thursday on court-ordered tours, prison officials want them to see and hear this 49-year-old co ...   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2003 Nick Budnick

John Ashcroft's Close Call

The Portland Seven case avoids a legal challenge to the Patriot Act.

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John Ashcroft dodged a bullet in Portland last week.On Thursday, the U.S. attorney general held a press conference announcing that Jeffrey Leon Battle and native Portlander Patrice Lumumba Ford had ...   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2003 Nick Budnick
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