1st Oregon News Minute from the AP

Date: 01/26/2016 03:59 AM

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Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – An attorney for Kipland Kinkel will augment an appeal of his nearly 112-prison term by using a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on juvenile life in prison sentences. The Supreme Court has extended its ban on mandatory life in prison without parole sentences for anyone who committed a murder before age 18.

UNDATED (AP) – The Burns Paiute Tribe wants federal officials to bar armed activists from traveling back and forth to a national wildlife refuge they are occupying in southeastern Oregon, fearing tribal artifacts will go missing or the group will disturb burial grounds.

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) – A mother accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter at a coastal Oregon resort will undergo further mental evaluation. The Daily Astorian reports that 42-year-old Jessica Smith to be independently evaluated by a state or private expert. The defense expert says Smith has severe mood changes and untreated mental health issues. The process could take up to 60 days.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A state judicial panel has recommended the removal of a Marion County judge who refused to perform same-sex marriages and who was investigated on other counts as well. The Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability says it found that Marion County Judge Vance Day had lied under oath, that in some instances he had acted for personal gain, and that he had impugned his honesty and integrity. The Oregon Supreme Court will decide whether Day will be removed. A spokesman for Day was not immediately available to provide comment.


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