On The Street, What Some Portlanders Think About John Kroger's Report On Sam Adams

After Attorney General John Kroger released his report yesterday on Mayor Sam Adams, we went out to ask a few Portlanders what they made of the report and Adams' actions with Beau Breedlove. Here's what the people we spoke with had to say: Niko Kerhulas Messenger "In this incidence I don't think he should be tossed out of office. But he has compromised himself." Willie Black Self-Employed "If ...   More
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 Aaron Mendelson

Mayor Sam Adams' Reaction To Being Cleared of Wrongdoing

The following is a response from Mayor Sam Adams to the results of Attorney General John Kroger's report today. The Attorney General's office released the results of its five-month investigation today, clearing me of wrong-doing. I made mistakes in my personal life that led to this investigation. As a result, the city I love was put through an ordeal. I am gratified the investigation has ...   More
Monday, June 22, 2009 BETH SLOVIC

Updated with Clarification: Attorney General John Kroger Tells Reporters Any Case "Was Too Weak to Charge."

Attorney General John Kroger stuck very closely to script in a noon press conference about the investigation report [PDF] his office released this morning regarding the 2005 relationship between Mayor Sam Adams and Beau Breedlove. Kroger, a Democrat who won election in 2008, was very specific about what his investigators found during their five-month investigation: “insufficient evidence ...   More
Monday, June 22, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Mayoral Recall Effort To Go Forward

A spokesman for the campaign to recall Mayor Sam Adams says the Attorney General's report today clearing the mayor of criminal prosecution will not affect the recall effort's plans to start July 7. Recall spokesman Jasun Wurster says the Attorney General can only hold Adams accountable for legal statutes statues, but that Portland voters should hold him accountable for what Wurster calls civic and ...   More
Monday, June 22, 2009 Katie Litvin

The Sam Adams Report Highlights

Here are some highlights of the report (PDF) by Attorney General John Kroger finding no sufficient credible evidence to justify criminal prosecution of Mayor Sam Adams. The investigation interviewed 57 witnesses and sorted through other records to answer what investigators called these key questions: 1) Did Adams have sexual intercourse with Breedlove before he turned 18? The report: Adams ...   More
Monday, June 22, 2009 HANK STERN

Kroger Stubs Out Electronic Cigs

No futurific lung cancer for you, Oregon! Attorney General John Kroger announced today he's clamping down on untested, cyborg electronic cigarettes. “When products threaten the health and safety of Oregonians, we will take action,” said Deputy AG Mary Williams is quoted as saying in a news release from Kroger's relentless PR mill. According to that news release: The Oregon ...   More
Thursday, July 30, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

John Kroger names Kroger-Like Criminal Chief For Oregon

Attorney General John Kroger today named a new chief of the Department of Justice's Criminal Justice Division. The new hire, Sean J. Riddell, is a prosecutor in the Multnomah County District Attorney's office. As WW reported earlier, Kroger shifted Steve Briggs, the former chief of the criminal justice division, during the five-month investigation of Portland Mayor Sam Adams. Riddell looks ...   More
Thursday, July 23, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Attorney General John Kroger Continues War Against Electronic Cigarettes

Attorney General John Kroger announced today he's continuing his already-declared war against electronic cigarettes. Oregon is the only state in the nation taking action against e-cigarette importers and retailers, according to a news release from the AG's office. Here's a copy of the news release announcing Kroger has settled with one e-cigarette company and is now suing another: Oregon ...   More
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Literature, Sans Snacks

“I love being a public servant” Oregon Attorney General John Kroger drawled at Monday night's Oregon Book Awards ceremony, as he was picking up his award for Creative Nonfiction, “but what I really wanted to be growing up is a writer. It's a precious thing to have a book published.” Precious indeed, and, these days, a even more rare thing. Although Convictions, Kroger's ...   More
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 Jonanna Widner


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