Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum Defers Kitzhaber Investigation to Feds

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Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced this afternoon that she will "temporarily defer the Oregon Department of Justice’s investigation" into allegations against former Gov. John Kitzhaber and fiancee Cylvia Hayes, at the request of federal authorities."In return, the U.S. Attorney's Office has agreed to share information with the state once the far-ranging federal criminal investigation ...   More
 
Friday, February 27, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Gov. John Kitzhaber and AG Ellen Rosenblum Disagree on Scope of Investigation

AG thinks she's heading a criminal probe; Kitzhaber says he didn't give her that authority.

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Gov. John Kitzhaber and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum are already in conflict over the scope of the investigation the Oregon Department of Justice can conduct into allegations of wrongdoing by the governor and first lady Cylvia Hayes. On Monday morning, Kitzhaber asked Rosenblum for a “full and independent factual review” of allegations that Kitzhaber and Hayes engaged in influence-peddling ...   More
 
Monday, February 9, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

AG Ellen Rosenblum Still Dragging Her Heels On Kitzhaber/Hayes Investigation

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Oregon law requires Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to investigative public corruption. The law says the AG “shall…investigate allegations of corruption or malfeasance by public officials in Oregon and, where appropriate, coordinate, cooperate and assist in taking legal action.”  In legal terms, the word "shall" means “must.” Rosenblum’s predecessor, former AG John ...   More
 
Friday, February 6, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hands Off

Why is Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum ducking the Kitzhaber-Hayes case?


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Allegations of wrongdoing, ethical violations and even criminal activity have been piling up for months around Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes. The governor has the authority t   More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Attorney General Says Treasurer Ted Wheeler Is Ineligible to Run For Re-Election In 2016

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State Treasurer Ted Wheeler's tenure will end in 2016, two years short of the eight years the Oregon constitution allows, according to an opinion issued today by the Oregon Department of Justice. That opinion is a surprise—the Oregon constitution permits state wide elected officials such as the governor, secretary of state and treasurer to serve eight consecutive years. But it now appears Wheeler, ...   More
 
Monday, August 11, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Utah, Indiana Same-Sex Marriage Bans Ruled Unconsitutional

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A federal appeals court today ruled that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage violate couples' constitutional rights, the Los Angeles Times reports. It's the first time a U.S. Court of Appeals has weighed in on the issue. Last month U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled Oregon's ban violates citizens’ constitutional rights. Today's ruling is the first time a higher court has upheld a lower ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Michigan Judge Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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A federal judge today ruled Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. That makes it the ninth state in three months where courts have ruled in favor of same-sex couples seeking to marry, according to Freedom to Marry, a national advocacy organization that tracks the lawsuits pending in 28 states.Oregon could soon join 17 states that allow same-sex marriage, when a belated legal ...   More
 
Friday, March 21, 2014 by Kate Willson

U.S. AG says State Counterparts Don't Have to Defend Gay-Marriage Bans

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 Less than a week after Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced that the Oregon Department of Justice would not defend Oregon's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder assured his state-level counterparts that that was just fine.“If I were attorney general in Kansas in 1953, I would not have defended a Kansas statute that put in place separate-but-equal ...   More
 
Monday, February 24, 2014 by Kate Willson

Department of Justice Won't Charge Jeff Cogen with Any Crimes

Report discusses pot and cocaine allegations, and identifies tipster who revealed Cogen's affair with Sonia Manhas

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The Oregon Department of Justice today declined to charge former Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen with any official misconduct or drug crimes stemming from his two-year affair with county employee Sonia Manhas. The attorney general's office released a 106-page report this afternoon in the wake of leaks, first reported by WW, that the investigation had expanded to include drugs.The report finds insufficient ...   More
 
Friday, November 8, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

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