Nunc Pro Junc

Case-fixing by staff in Oregon’s most important circuit court

For those unfamiliar with that expression, it is Latin for “My bad. I made a typo on the first order. Here’s the corrected copy.”

What it is not Latin for, is “Hold my beer while I patch up the defects in this procedural train-wreck.”

Importantly, Tracy Prall — a judge for sixteen years, a licensed attorney for 26 years, a deputy district attorney for seven years, and a former special assistant U.S. Attorney — certainly knows the difference.¹

When court staff does show an interest in a case, like in this situation, it is not for zero reasons.

And none of those reasons can be legal or fair or honorable. It is corrupt to pretend otherwise.

The other victim in this matter — besides Judge Prall and the public who depends on a fair judiciary — is the person suing attorney James Van Ness for fraud and conversion. When that victim received the nunc pro tunc order yesterday, he immediately pointed out to court staff that the order was void, in a “you have got to be kidding” email, threatening to file a civil rights suit in federal court.³

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