Oregon Supreme Court

Opinions Filed in October 2021

Dept. of Human Services v. P. D.

When a parent appeals from a jurisdictional judgment and the underlying dependency petition is subsequently dismissed, “termination of such a wardship does not necessarily render the appeal moot; whether dismissal is appropriate will depend on the particular circumstances presented.” Dept. of Human Services v. A.B., 362 Or 412, 414, 412 P3d 1169 (2018).

Area(s) of Law:
  • Family Law

State v. Bartol

Under Article I, section 16, two special proportionality requirements apply to the death penalty. (1) Death must be limited to those who commit “a narrow category of the most serious crimes,” and are “the most deserving of execution. Atkins v. Virginia, 536 US 304, 319, 122 S Ct 2242 (2002). (2) There must be “a fundamental, moral distinction” between death-penalty and non-death-penalty crimes. Kennedy v. Louisiana, 554 US 407, 438, 128 S Ct 2641 (2008).

Area(s) of Law:
  • Criminal Law

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