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Lottery director named new judge | | Statesman Journal

Kulongoski said he selected Penn for the position because of his strong qualifications.

"Dale Penn has an unparalleled history of service for the people of Marion County," Kulongoski said. "His outstanding record as a public official, private attorney and community leader, and his commitment to upholding the integrity of the law, uniquely qualify Penn to serve as a Marion County Circuit Court Judge."

Have you ever heard anything uttered from Kulongoski’s mouth that sounds more ridiculous than that? Probably, but you get my point.

So Penn gives up Lottery Director job for temp seat on the bench. He has to be elected this spring to stay. Can this fool actually win? Are folks in Salem that tuned out? Ha, he’ll probably be a stand-alone candidate.

The good ‘ol boys are still holding strong, huh?



Governor could appoint new Marion County Circuit judge soon | | Statesman Journ

The governor has narrowed the list of 10 applicants vying for the seat vacated by former judge Lynn Ashcroft to three.

The three are Michael C. Livingston, a sitting Marion County Juvenile Court judge; Salem trial lawyer Vance D. Day; and Dale W. Penn, former Marion County District Attorney and current director of the Oregon State Lottery Office.

The governor is is conducting interviews with the three lawyers today. An announcement could come as soon as tomorrow.

So Dale Penn wants to be a Circuit Court judge now, huh? And His buddy Kulongoski has him included in his top three picks? Don’t that just beat all!

Could there be more victims of the brutal 1969 Manson family murders?
By Keith Morrison
NBC News
updated 5:54 p.m. CT, Fri., Aug. 29, 2008

The devil’s business – Dateline NBC-

"To the people of Minnesota, let me say this: I’m not a perfect person," said Franken, a former writer and performer for the "Saturday Night Live" TV comedy show. "I’m not going to pretend to have all the answers. But I’ll tell the truth, I will keep my spine, and I will work for you."

I can definitely identify.

"The Republicans don’t want me to be the nominee," Franken said. "But guess what? Thanks to you, I’m going to be, and guess what? I’m going to beat Norm Coleman by holding him accountable."

Hmmm…I’ve got a few people I feel like holding accountable as well.

Anyway, congrats to Al Franken!

Ex-Comic Franken Wins Senate Endorsement, Former Funnyman Al Franken Gains Nod From Minnesota Democrats Despite Uproar Over Past Jokes – CBS News


For nearly 26 years, the affidavit was sealed in an envelope and stored in a locked box, tucked away with the lawyer’s passport and will. Sometimes he stashed the box in his bedroom closet, other times under his bed.

It stayed there — year after year, decade after decade.

Then, about two years ago, Dale Coventry, the box’s owner, got a call from his former colleague, W. Jamie Kunz. Both were once public defenders. They hadn’t talked in a decade.

"We’re both getting on in years," Kunz said. "We ought to do something with that affidavit to make sure it’s not wasted in case we both leave this good Earth."

Coventry assured him it was in a safe place. He found it in the fireproof metal box, but didn’t read it. He didn’t need to. He was reminded of the case every time he heard that a wronged prisoner had been freed.

In January, Kunz called again. This time, he had news: A man both lawyers had represented long ago in the murder of two police officers, Andrew Wilson, had died in prison.

Kunz asked Coventry to get the affidavit.

"It’s in a sealed envelope," Coventry said.

"Open it," Kunz said, impatiently.

And so, Coventry began reading aloud the five-line declaration the lawyers had written more than a quarter-century before:

An innocent man was behind bars. His name was Alton Logan. He did not kill a security guard in a McDonald’s restaurant in January 1982.

"In fact," the document said, "another person was responsible."

Click the following link for complete article…

A 26-year-old secret could free inmate – Yahoo! News


 44 Pounds Of Coke Found In Traffic Stop – News Story – KPTV Portland

Wow! Dude almost made it home to Clackamas. What, like within twenty miles or so?

Looks like the I-5 corridor is still a major drug pipeline. 

This story brought back memories for me. Between 1987-1989, while Rooster, Shorty, Gesner, Walker, etc. were doing their thing down in Salem, I was up in Portland slingin cocaine at this level. Most of the time the columbians would bring 20-30 kilos into town and hang out in an hotel. My Cuban partner would purchase anywhere from 10-20 kilos at $14,000 per, and get an additional 5-10 kilos on a front to sell while the columbians hung out at the hotel for a few days waiting to collect on what they fronted.

The coke scene was much different than the meth scene. I always told myself I would never deal meth because of the scandalous MF’ers you’d havta deal with. Should’ve listened to myself because it was meth I was dealing when I eventually fell and landed my ass in the joint.

I did make a couple of trips to LA like this guy probably did. We would get a motel room and wait for a couple of dudes to show up. Once they arrived we exchanged car keys and they left. The next morning they came back, and once again we exchanged car keys.

When we got back to Portland we would drive the car to my body shop where I’d use an air chisel to cut into the secret compartment where the cocaine was hidden. They would actually weld the secret compartment shut, slap bondo all around it to make it appear flush with the undercarriage, and spray heavy undercoating all over it. Then they would mix up some mud with dirt and water and splash that all over the new undercoating. Pretty slick really.

No one I ever knew got caught with the shit, although there were a couple of times our people got pulled over and large amounts of cash were found.

My Cuban friend eventually got busted by Burnell on the cops TV show not long after the Francke murder. A woman ratted him out and set him up. Women were always his weakness. I had quit dealing and moved to San Francisco when I just happened to catch the episode.

Burnell came close to nabbing me once on Cops as well. There was an episode where this bitch on a Tri-Met bus gets nabbed with a measely 20 sack at 82nd and Division. Burnell and crew offer to let her off if she gives up someone. She decides to pick my Cuban friend, and it just so happened I had his old pager which is the number she called. When I called her back I told her I’d have our mutual friend call her. The number I had called her back at was the cop shop it turned out. Good thing I always used pay phones those days. When I saw the episode on TV they actually showed her taking my phone call and you could hear both our voices.

So, I get a callback from my dude who asks me to deliver the 1/4 pound to her. I’m like, huh? This bitch never buys that much. What up? Told him I didn’t like the way it felt and he ended up getting his cousin to make the run.

Still to this day I’m amazed at how close I came to being the guy Burnell and his crew swarmed in on.

I wonder if you can purchase those old episodes of Cops. If anyone knows, let me know.