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Criminal Law

This group of events, news, and resources comes directly from National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) and the student chapter of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Criminal Law News & Resources

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  • Defendant appealed his conviction for attempted misdemeanor assault, arguing that his right to confrontation under Article I, section 11 of the Oregon Constitution was violated when the trial court allowed the state to use hearsay evidence in the form of a 911 recording in lieu of the minor-victim’s live testimony.  The state had subpoenaed the minor-victim to testify, but learned the morning of trial that she was not going to appear.  The state tried contacting the minor-victim but could not reach her.  The trial court offered to continue the trial until the next morning to provide the state time to secure the witness, and the state agreed.  Defendant objected to the continuance.  The trial court then found that the witness was unavailable and that the 911 recording was reliable.  The trial court admitted the evidence, and defendant was convicted.  On appeal, defendant argued that the state did not make an adequate showing of witness unavailability.  Defendant argued that the state only satisfies this obligation after exhausting every reasonable means available of securing a witness.  The state argued that it only needed to show a reasonable, good-faith effort to secure the witness’s presence, and that serving a prospective witness with a valid subpoena satisfies that obligation.  The Oregon Supreme Court concluded that to establish unavailability for Article I, section 11 purposes, the state must show that “it was unable to produce a witness after exhausting reasonable means of doing so.” 
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  • LOTUS Legal Clinic serves victims of gender-based violence and human trafficking through trauma informed legal advocacy, policy initiatives, education, and survivor empowerment. For purposes of our services, gender-based violence refers to crimes of sexual exploitation and violence, which includes rape, sexual assault, sexual harm, sexual abuse and sex trafficking. LOTUS Legal Clinic serves survivors of every sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, race, religion, ability, and socioeconomic status. we speak English and Spanish.
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    NCVLI Staff Profile - Meg Garvin