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Oregon Debates Bill on Record Clearing After 20 Years For Class B Crimes

For released offenders who have served their time, a criminal record can often interfere with efforts to get a job or obtain suitable housing. Though expungement of a conviction or sealing a criminal record are certainly possible in Oregon under certain circumstances, those options not as available to as many people as they should be.

Supreme Court signals new assault on 4th Amendment in drug cases

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Kentucky v. King,. In the words of Justice Ginsburg, the decision "...arms the police with a way routinely to dishonor the Fourth Amendment's warrant requirement in drug cases." If police believed there was evidence of criminal activity in your home, it used to be that they needed a warrant, or at least some sort of emergency which they themselves did not ccreat excusing a warrant, before they could kick in your door.

Feds continue to prosecute Medical marijuana cases

A recent article in the New York Times highlights the continuing disconnect between the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act and federal statutes that continue to criminalize the possession, use, and distribution of marijuana for any purpose.

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