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DA Mike Schmidt announces new funding for community-focused attorneys - 06/17/22

June 17, 2022

Elisabeth.Shepard@mcda.us

Elisabeth Shepard, Communications Director

 

DA Mike Schmidt announces new funding for community-focused attorneys 

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced the Multnomah County Commission approved funding for a new pilot program comprised of two attorneys, a victim advocate, and a legal assistant in the 2023 fiscal year.  

The proposal, called the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office Access Attorney Program (MAAP), is a values-driven program centering equity, safety, and accountability through local partnerships and on-the-ground community engagement. It seeks to address two key issues: public safety and community trust. 

“Revamping how we respond to safety by moving away from a punishment paradigm to care-based supports for individual and community health is my vision of community safety. This proposal can be one tool to help support that shift. And as a local policy maker, I will work in collaboration with community partners to ensure that these types of advancements don’t repeat and maintain historic and current harms from the legal system,” Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal stated.    

Instead of operating out of police precincts like other neighborhood prosecution programs, MAAP attorneys will co-locate with trusted community-based organizations. The MAAP pilot will target two key regions in Multnomah County. The ability to co-locate will hinge upon agreements between participating organizations and the DAs office to ensure adequate equity and cultural competency training for attorneys prior to setting foot in a community space along with shared values, goals, and performance metrics when they do. 

“MAAP will take attorneys out of the courthouse and put them into the community to help address local safety issues driven by local priorities, incorporating non-carceral solutions such as diversion programs, treatment, and restorative justice where possible, while pursuing accountability for high volume systems users. Putting our prosecutors out in the field also means reducing barriers to the system which often discourages disenfranchised communities from reporting crime in the first place.” DA Mike Schmidt stated. 

“This approach is a nationally recognized model. Community prosecutors get to know neighborhood residents. They attend community meetings, give presentations at schools and civic group meetings, encourage involvement and—most importantly—listen to what the community needs and then work collaboratively to find solutions.” Congressman Earl Blumenauer, representing Oregon’s 3rd congressional district stated. 

MAAP attorneys would be tasked with attending and hosting community events, canvassing neighbors and businesses, and managing caseloads specific to the discrete area they serve. These attorneys would also work to lower barriers to success for justice-involved individuals by delivering access to expungement, fine, and fee reduction to the communities most impacted. MAAP is an expansion of the existing Strategic Prosecution and Services Unit within the DAs office, which focuses on “high volume systems users” for whom traditional criminal interventions repeatedly fail and who often benefit from a continuum of services and treatment to change their behavior and become contributing members of society.  

“Many communities feel a disconnect with the conventional public safety system. And we need to completely reimagine how to keep our communities safe. Legal system partners inside communities that don't rely on hyper-criminalization and instead lead with community engagement and supports to resolve legal system impacts can help fuel that connection. We welcome these types of efforts and will ensure that they make our communities truly safe and healthy,” Unite Oregon’s Executive Director Khanh Le stated.

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DA Mike Schmidt announces life sentence for Jon Hughes, 55, for murder with gun - 06/15/22

June 15, 2022

Elisabeth.Shepard@mcda.us

Elisabeth Shepard, Communications Director

 

DA Mike Schmidt announces life sentence for Jon Hughes, 55, for murder with gun 

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Jon Allen Hughes, 55, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 300 months by a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge. Hughes was found guilty of Murder in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm by a 12-person jury on May 18, 2022, along with co-defendant Shawn Kevin McGinnis, 59. McGinnis was found guilty of Murder in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. McGinnis will be sentenced on June 22, 2022. 

On November 10, 2017, Hughes and McGinnis arrived at a Southeast Portland residence, both carrying loaded firearms. The owner of the residence was McGinnis’s girlfriend. The victim, Robert “Cody” Kaiser, also lived in the home. McGinnis believed that Kaiser was having an affair with his girlfriend. The two had other previous conflicts. 

After arriving on November 10, Hughes approached the side door of the residence with a 30/30 rifle while McGinnis, armed with a pistol, yelled at the front door that he would burn the house down if the occupants did not come outside. When Kaiser exited the side door, Hughes shot him once in the chest, killing him almost immediately. 

“I’m most struck by how unnecessary this was: there was no reason for Mr. Kaiser to be killed.  The Defendants came to his home and shot him to death when he came outside.  No prison sentence can bring back a loved one, but justice was served today on behalf of Mr. Kaiser.” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Sean Hughey stated.  

“We are so grateful to the members of our community who delivered justice for Mr. Kaiser by showing up and telling their harrowing story in court. Our hearts go out to Mr. Kaiser’s family, who can never be made whole, but may feel some relief that our system provided the right result for this indefensible crime,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Mariel Mota stated.

For monthly updates on firearm-related prosecutions, you can visit the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Gun Violence Data Dashboard. The dashboard is searchable by date, location, and charge. It also tracks demographic information about victims of gun violence. 

The Multnomah County District Attorneys' Office thanks the Portland Police Bureau for their work on this case. 

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DA Mike Schmidt announces life sentence for Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, found guilty of murder - 06/13/22

June 13, 2022 

Elisabeth Shepard, Communications Director 

Elisabeth.Shepard@mcda.us 

 

DA Mike Schmidt announces life sentence for Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, found guilty of murder 

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Nancy Crampton Brophy, 71, has been sentenced life in prison by a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge. 

A twelve person jury found Brophy guilty of Murder in the Second Degree with a Firearm on May 25, 2022. 

Additional facts about this case can be found here. 

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DA Mike Schmidt announces arraignment of Jarl Rockhill for second-degree bias - 05/27/22

May 27, 2022

Elisabeth.Shepard@mcda.us

Elisabeth Shepard, Communications Director


DA Mike Schmidt announces arraignment of Jarl Rockhill for second-degree bias

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Jarl Judson Rockhill, 35, was arraigned today on two charges including Bias Crime in the Second Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree. 

The charges stem from an incident on April 23, 2022. At 5 am that day, Rockhill allegedly put a Nazi propaganda sticker on the fence outside the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) in East Portland. IRCO serves the needs of Oregon's immigrants, refugees, and mainstream community members. According to police reports the sticker was red with a male figure holding up his right arm in a Heil Hitler pose. The word “pure” is written above the figure's head. Video surveillance captured Rockhill putting the sticker on as well as his vehicle and license plate which helped police identify him. Portland Police Bureau also uncovered a cache of firearms and additional Nazi propaganda.  

Subsequent investigation determined that Rockhill’s online activity was associated with multiple white supremacist groups and photos of a tattoo on Rockhill’s forearm that the Anti-Defamation League identifies as a white supremacist symbol. 

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office was an active participant of the Oregon Attorney General’s Hate Crimes Task Force and helped draft the language that was in Senate Bill 577. The law, which went into effect on July 15, 2019, renamed the crime of “intimidation” to “bias crime,” added gender identity to the list of protected categories, and removed the requirement that two or more people commit the crime in order to make it a felony in certain circumstances.

Under Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt, the office has developed and published a Bias Crimes Data Dashboard to raise awareness about bias crime and bias crime prosecution with the aim of reducing the occurrence of these crimes. 

All potential bias crime cases, whether they are a felony or misdemeanor, are reviewed by the Violent Crimes Unit within the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. If a misdemeanor bias crime is issued, the felony-level attorney will retain the case. 

If you are the victim of a bias crime assault or you are witnessing one, immediately call 9-1-1. If you are the victim of a bias crime and the suspect is no longer present or if you have information about a bias crime committed in the past, call the non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

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

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