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DA Mike Schmidt releases weekly cases impacted by public defense crisis - 02/03/23

February 3, 2023

 

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt released a list of cases impacted by the public defense crisis. The data set includes cases dismissed by the court as a result of the crisis.


 

In November, DA Mike Schmidt called the public defense crisis, defined by a lack of public defenders to provide counsel to defendants, an urgent threat to public safety. Individuals suspected of a crime have the constitutional right to defense counsel. Victims have a right to justice. Absent counsel, criminal prosecutions cannot lawfully move forward and issued cases are routinely dismissed over prosecutor’s objections.


 

DA Schmidt also declared that his office would publish cases impacted by the crisis each week to advance the public’s understanding of the scope of the crisis. Here is a breakdown of the types of felonies getting dismissed.


 

There were 3 cases dismissed by the court as a result of the public defense crisis between 1/27/2023 and 2/2/2023:


21-CR-54353

22-CR-13149

23-CR-01588



 

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DA Mike Schmidt releases weekly cases impacted by public defense crisis - 01/27/23

January 27, 2023

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt released a list of cases impacted by the public defense crisis. The data set includes cases dismissed by the court as a result of the crisis.

 

In November, DA Mike Schmidt called the public defense crisis, defined by a lack of public defenders to provide counsel to defendants, an urgent threat to public safety. Individuals suspected of a crime have the constitutional right to defense counsel. Victims have a right to justice. Absent counsel, criminal prosecutions cannot lawfully move forward and issued cases are routinely dismissed over prosecutor’s objections.

 

DA Schmidt also declared that his office would publish cases impacted by the crisis each week to advance the public’s understanding of the scope of the crisis. Here is a breakdown of the types of felonies getting dismissed.

 

There was 1 case dismissed by the court as a result of the public defense crisis between 1/20/2023 and 1/26/2023:

 

22-CR-49110



 

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DA Mike Schmidt releases weekly cases impacted by public defense crisis - 01/20/23

January 20, 2022

DA Mike Schmidt releases weekly cases impacted by public defense crisis 

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt released a list of cases impacted by the public defense crisis. The data set includes cases dismissed by the court as a result of the crisis.

In November, DA Mike Schmidt called the public defense crisis, defined by a lack of public defenders to provide counsel to defendants, an urgent threat to public safety. Individuals suspected of a crime have the constitutional right to defense counsel. Victims have a right to justice. Absent counsel, criminal prosecutions cannot lawfully move forward and issued cases are routinely dismissed over prosecutor’s objections.

DA Schmidt also declared that his office would publish cases impacted by the crisis each week to advance the public’s understanding of the scope of the crisis. Here is a breakdown of the types of felonies getting dismissed.
 

There were five cases dismissed by the court as a result of the public defense crisis between 1/13/2023 and 1/19/2023:

  22-CR-31505
  22-CR-50926
  22-CR-43481
  21-CR-39720
  22-CR-45032



 

 


 

 

 

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DA Mike Schmidt announces 10-year sentence for Michael Dizer, 65, for robbery, other charges  - 01/13/23

January 13, 2023

Elisabeth.Shepard@mcda.us

Elisabeth Shepard, Communications Director 

 

DA Mike Schmidt announces 10-year sentence for Michael Dizer, 65, for robbery, other charges  

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge sentenced Michael Lee Dizer, 65, to 10 years in prison on four charges including two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, Aggravated Theft in the First Degree, and Theft in the First Degree. 

The charges stem from multiple incidents during the month of September 2021. 

On September 5, 2021  Dizer unlawfully entered the office of the Ambassador Restaurant & Lounge located on Northeast Sandy Boulevard. Dizer entered the office of the restaurant and threatened an employee with a replica handgun while instructing her to open a safe which contained money. He then instructed her to put the money into bank bags he had laid out. Dizer instructed her to open a second safe located in the office at the time, however, the employee did not know the combination. Dizer told the employee she could call the police but needed to remain in the office until he vacated the restaurant. An estimated $20,000 was stolen from the safe. 

On September 7, 2021 Dizer entered The New 715 Inn on Northeast Broadway Street. He approached the counter and demanded money for his Rip ticket from an employee. The employee took his ticket and walked to the register. As she did so, Dizer approached her from behind and brandished a replica handgun. He then stated “this is not worth your life,” and instructed her to give him money from the register. He moved the employee away from the register and began to put money into a bank bag. He then instructed her to take money out of slot machines located in the business and put the money into bank bags. Dizer then vacated the business. An estimated $2,000 was stolen from the establishment. 

On September 9, 2021 an employee from the Ambassador Restaurant & Lounge received an anonymous tip that Dizer was the individual that robbed their business two days prior. Subsequent investigation including video surveillance and incriminating comments made by Dizer regarding the robberies to witnesses lead to his arrest. 

“Small businesses in our community do not deserve to operate under threat. Mr. Dizer violated individual employees, simply doing their jobs, and stole significant revenue. His actions were violent, terrifying, and unacceptable. I am grateful to the jury for rendering justice and the judge's sentence that followed,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Julian Samuels stated. 

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DA Mike Schmidt releases weekly cases impacted by public defense crisis - 01/13/23

January 13, 2022

Elisabeth Shepard, Communications Director

Elisabeth.shepard@mcda.us

 

DA Mike Schmidt releases weekly cases impacted by public defense crisis 

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt released a list of cases impacted by the public defense crisis. The data set includes cases dismissed by the court as a result of the crisis.

In November, DA Mike Schmidt called the public defense crisis, defined by a lack of public defenders to provide counsel to defendants, an urgent threat to public safety. Individuals suspected of a crime have the constitutional right to defense counsel. Victims have a right to justice. Absent counsel, criminal prosecutions cannot lawfully move forward and issued cases are routinely dismissed over prosecutor’s objections. 

DA Schmidt also declared that his office would publish cases impacted by the crisis each week to advance the public’s understanding of the scope of the crisis. Here is a breakdown of the types of felonies getting dismissed.

There were eight cases dismissed by the court as a result of the public defense crisis between 1/3 and 1/13. 

21-CR-51375 

19-CR-74294

20-CR-19171

22-CR-27615

22-CR-49971

22-CR-42934

22-CR-24068

21-CR-61067

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DA Mike Schmidt announces arraignment of Parrish Riggins, 60, for attempted murder, other charges - 01/11/23

January 11, 2023

Elisabeth Shepard, Communications Director

Elisabeth.Shepard@mcda.us

 

DA Mike Schmidt announces arraignment of Parrish Riggins, 60, for attempted murder, other charges 

 

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Parrish Riggins, 60, has been arraigned on six charges including Attempt Murder in the First and Second Degree with a Firearm, Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm, Robbery in the First Degree with a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm, and Delivery of Methamphetamine. 

The charges stem from an incident on January 1, at the Max Mart Deli on East Burnside. Riggins and the victim were allegedly in a physical altercation in front of the Deli. The victim began to walk away when Riggins allegedly shot him in the leg with a firearm. The victim then ran to the West side of the building, then the South. Riggins allegedly followed the victim and discharged two more gunshots. Another man known to Riggins, later identified as Jacob Argue, 26, was also present for the incident. Riggins then allegedly instructed Argue to take the victim’s backpack. The two then ran across the street to the Blackburn Center where Riggins allegedly emptied the backpack and took the belongings inside of it. 

Portland police officers responded to the scene. While taking a witness report, they identified Argue as he exited the Blackburn Center. Officers then made contact with Argue and found he had a pending warrant for his arrest for charges related to a stolen vehicle and placed him under arrest. Officers then identified Riggins as he exited the Blackburn Center and placed him under arrest. The firearm used in the shooting was found on his person as well as twenty grams of Methamphetamine and suspected fentanyl. 

Argue then reported the series of events that occurred to law enforcement, including that Riggins was the shooter and that the altercation between Riggins and the victim was related to money owed, and that Riggins pistol-whipped the victim. He further reported he complied with Riggins's instructions during the incident out of fear. The incident was also captured on video surveillance. 

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges, including an offense for which Oregon law permits pretrial detention, and is requesting that Riggins remain in custody and be held without bail. 

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Riggins is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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