Inside Line

Case interference at Oregon’s higher courts

To underscore this: The denial of the motion came less than an hour after the Oregon State Bar received Perry’s resignation, and before the resignation was even e-filed; and most stunning, the denial of the motion came just three days after the motion was received by the Court of Appeals — well before the deadline for Perry’s client to respond or object to it.

Perry’s victim had experienced exactly this kind of exceptionally irregular handling of his motions before, but this single event shocked the conscience — especially because the victim’s bar complaint against Van Ness was also at the OSB’s disciplinary office, not just Perry’s. The victim felt “that the very fabric” of the appellate case would be affected by “the OSB’s [disciplinary] findings” regarding Perry and Van Ness.

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