Oregon Detainee Paid $30,000 for 90 Days Illegal Jail Confinement
The State of Oregon and Multnomah County have paid a man $30,000 to settle his suit for 90 days of illegal confinement.
Ira Robinson was detained in the Multnomah County jail to face criminal charges. Oregon’s speedy trial law mandates dismissal of the charges if the Defendant is not brought to trial within 60 days.
Robinson was not brought to trial within 60 days, and eighteen days later, on December 8, 2006, the trial court ordered his immediate release. He was not released, however, for another 72 days, resulting in a total of 90 days of illegal confinement.
Robinson sued the State and County in federal court alleging that he was illegally detained and seeking $35,000 in damages. It was unclear whether his illegal confinement was caused by the State’s failure to transmit the release order to the County or the County’s failure to comply with the order. Robinson’s attorney was obviously asleep at the wheel but he wasn’t named as a defendant.
On October 29, 2008, the case settled when the State and County agreed to pay Robinson $15,000 each for a total of $30,000. Portland attorney Kevin Lucey represented Robinson in the civil case. See: Robinson v. Multnomah County, USDC, D OR, Case No. 08-CU-821-HU.
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Robinson v. Multnomah County
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