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


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

Jeff Manning Leaves AG's Office, Returns to The Oregonian


Oregon Department of Justice spokesman Jeff Manning made one final announcement for DOJ yesterday—he's quitting the agency to head back to The Oregonian. In August 2012, Manning, long one of the state's top investigative reporters, left the daily after 18 years, most of it spent covering business and the law. He went to work for newly elected Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, whose campaign he covered ...   More
Thursday, October 17, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Department of Justice Blocks All Cogen Records Requests

Rosenblum's actions halt further public disclosures


The state of Oregon has closed off access to public records about Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen and evidence of his improper use of his office regarding his nearly two-year affair with a county employee.The Oregon Department of Justice on Wednesday asked Multnomah County to stop responding to public-records requests regarding Cogen and county employee Sonia Manhas, claiming to ...   More
Thursday, August 1, 2013 AARON MESH

Sonia Manhas Resigns from Multnomah County

"The personal relationship with Jeff was never about a job or salary."


Sonia Manhas, the Multnomah County health department employee who had an extended affair with County Chairman Jeff Cogen, has resigned, saying she was forced out by county officials. In a letter to media, Manhas says she was forced to sign a letter of severance before being allowed to meet with her boss, health department director Lillian Shirley. Shirley reports to Cogen.Manhas signed the letter ...   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Debt Company Illegally Charged $2.49 Million to Oregon Residents, Suit Says


A “debt resolution” company that’s taken $2.49 million in fees from 540 Oregon residents is being sued by the state for what it says are acts of financial abuse of vulnerable people.The company, Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, provides what many daytime television ads promise: It gives a “financial workout” to consumers—negotiating debt with creditors on a client’s behalf, and then sets ...   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Andrea Damewood

Murmurs: Media Throwdown in Washington County

When realtors fib and foodies slice the truth.

It’s election season, so you can expect campaigns to be making stuff up. But the Measure 79 campaign is the worst in a long time. The measure would amend the state constitution to ban real-estate    More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

AG Roseblum Reels in $150,000 Contribution


Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum reported a $150,000 contribution today from the Democratic Attorneys General Association. If that figure sounds slightly familiar, that's because the group earlier gave the same amount to Rosenblum's predecessor, John Kroger, last year. Kroger gave the money back when he resigned earlier this year to become president of Reed College. Rosenblum (who is married to WW ...   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Veteran Oregonian Reporter Jeff Manning Leaves to Become Spokesman for Oregon AG


When it comes to serious investigative reporters at The Oregonian, Jeff Manning was one of last ones standing. Until today.Manning, who joined O’s newsroom in 1994 from the Portland Business Journal, is leaving the newspaper to become the spokesman for Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. The departure is another blow to the Portland daily that has seen a steady loss of its writing and reporting talent ...   More
Thursday, August 9, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

DOJ Investigating Signature Gathering By Campaign Contributor To Incoming AG Ellen Rosenblum

Earlier this week, WW reported that former Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Ellen Rosenblum, who will be sworn in as Oregon's first female attorney general on June 29, enters office facing potential conflicts of interest because of the large campaign contributions she accepted from marijuana interests. It turns out those conflicts will bubble to the surface immediately.WW has learned that the Oregon Department ...   More
Thursday, June 28, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS


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