"A system committed to having a death penalty is a system that forces the state to pretend to have attained a standard of perfection and fairness that is absurdly far from the reality of the legal system in America today. Thus, having death in the system freezes everything because, if our system is so good today that it can be just to kill people with it, then it needs no improvement--and, in fact, all improvements in procedure and research into sources of error only call into question the claim to existing perfection, and thus the moral claim for the existing death sentences and past executions. And that means that having death locks us into a terribly flawed system that actively resists evidence of systematic errors and necessary improvements. And it turns what should be a quest for justice into a war to justify the status quo against all evidence of its many failings." -- John Gear, attorney at law
I could give many more reasons, but one of the ones that people least understand is how insanely expensive it is to maintain the machinery of capital punishment. Life without opportunity for parole (but WITH the opportunity to correct a mistake if new evidence is discovered!) is much, much less expensive than the capital punishment system. So while the moral reasons against death penalty laws are compelling, the practical financial reasons are strong too -- we can't afford to maintain the death penalty. That's partly why former Chief Justices Paul DeMuniz and Edwin Peterson (a former death penalty supporter) have come out against it.
This is a very real issue in Oregon, where employees are often persuaded to accept "independent contractor" status, unaware of all the serious ramifications for them down the road.
I have represented several workers whose employers have tried to take advantage of them in this way. Don't let your employer do it to you -- it costs you your social security down the road, your workers compensation, and your ability to obtain unemployment insurance, among other things.
The results are in from the 2013 "Empty Bowls" fundraiser held by Willamette Art Center to raise funds for Marion-Polk FoodShare:
At last---a clear, readable, well-formatted version of the complete set of the Oregon Admin Rules now online
a free public service to Oregon attorneys and the public provided by a partnership of
* John Gear Law Office LLC
* Hanson & Walgenkim, LLC
* 855ZipDebt.com, Consumer Bankruptcy law
* Lawptimize, a legal productivity apps foundry
Creation of OregonAdminRules.org was inspired by the refreshing ease and error-reducing readability of OregonLaws.org (the best place to find readable Oregon Revised Statutes). OregonAdminRules.org now brings that same idea to the OARs, which are often just as important to the public and practitioners as statutes.
Helping children succeed, one move at a time
Chess for Success is a leading education organization where K-8th grade students learn skills that are often overlooked: critical-thinking, good decision-making, patience and understanding the consequences of their actions. Self-confidence increases when they play chess, students are seen as smart--and they start to see themselves that way.
Every day the students in our clubs face the very real challenges of living in poverty. And because they attend schools in low-income areas, they face low expectations and lack of opportunities that can be devastating. Chess can change both.
The students who participate in Chess for Success:
Contact Julie Young, Executive Director
503-295-1230 (local) or
800-285-7660 (outside Portland)
Send donations by mail to:
Chess for Success
2701 NW Vaughn Suite 101
Portland, OR 97210
The National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) offers consumers a great free tool to download and review before shopping for a motor vehicle. You can access the app on your desktop or laptop by going to www.USLemonLawLawyers.com. Or take it with you to the dealer's by downloading it from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store (Android).
A powerful retrospective report showing the real facts behind the notorious "McDonald's Hot Coffee" case -- the gruesome burns, the fact that she was in a parked car, not a moving one, the fact that McDonald's had hundreds of warnings that it was serving dangerously hot coffee, the fact that the plaintiff only asked for her medical bills to be paid (before McDonald's offered her a paltry $800 against medical bills of $10,000) -- on and on, the "outrageous" result turns out to have been more than justified, and the only real outrage is that McDonalds and the Chamber of Commerce have managed to fool most people into thinking that they were the victims in this case.
Watch this excellent New York Times report, and then if you really want to understand how corporate America tries to turn real people against each other (the better to fleece them, and keep them from standing up to big corporations), look for the great movie "Hot Coffee" too.
P.S. Click here to make a contribution -- one-time or monthly -- to help make another documentary that helps set the record straight about the civil justice system, the only part of government where real people get to stand toe-to-toe and fight back on level ground with corporations. That's why corporations hate it so much, and why they want to tell you lies, so you'll hate it too.
Oregon Allows Debt Collectors to Push Working Families into Poverty