Oregon Dismisses Criminal Charges Against Judge Who Says He Was Targeted for Christian Beliefs
- We have new information
in a story we're continuing to follow.
Oregon dismissed criminalcharges against the judge
who says he was targetedfor his Christian beliefs.
Our Mark Martin joins usnow with more on this story.
- That's right, Efrem.
Now the charges against Judge Vance Day
stem from his time when he presided
over the Marion CountyVeterans Treatment Court
and also his interactions with a Navy SEAL
who was a convicted felonand defendant in the court.
Day was accused of allowing the SEAL
to possess and control gunson two separate occasions.
The charges were dropped
because a key witness refusedto testify at his trial.
Day says the charges werepolitically motivated
because of his unwillingnessto perform gay marriages
and punishment for hisbiblical views on marriage.
The criminal charges, however,
are just one side ofwhat Day has gone through
for more than three years.
He also faces ethics violations
and spoke about that with me by Skype.
- So that case is technically over
and I remain suspended, if you will,
but the Oregon State Barwants to discipline me
and so I may get another hearing
and they're gonna have toprove this case against me,
which they cannot do.
So maybe the United States Supreme Court
will get a second shotat hearing this case.
- A spokeswoman for the Oregon State Bar
told the Statesman Journalthat they are investigating
two ethics complaints against Day,
and if they find evidencerelated to misconduct,
his case would go beforea trial panel hearing
instead of a jury trial.
- What's his legal team think about this?
- Good question.
Now they actually wouldprefer that this case,
this ethics case, would gobefore an open court jury trial.
They believe that thereare safeguards associated
with a trial by jury andthat's what they told
that newspaper, Efrem.
- All right, so the story,really still far from over.
- Yes, very true.
- All right, thanks Mark.