Posts Tagged ‘Josh Marquis’
Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Joshua Marquis (gov)

Josh Marquis, the Clatsop County district attorney and one of two people under consideration to be the next U.S. Attorney for Oregon, has warned his fellow district attorneys that if they voice opinions about key measures before the state legislature, lawmakers may further cut the salaries of the DAs, The Bend Bulletin reports.

The issue of pay for the 36 DAs in Oregon became an issue after state lawmakers last year passed a bill that cut about $5,000 from the DAs’ annual salaries, or almost a month’s pay for some, the newspaper reports. The DAs hope that keeping quiet about a criminal sentencing bill that was considered earlier this month might convince the state legislature to restore their pay cut. How well this tactic has worked will be evident when lawmakers vote on the issue as part of a budget bill expected to be voted on today, according to the Bulletin. The sentencing bill was passed by the legislature and signed into law last week.

Marquis — who along with Amanda Marshall, a child advocacy attorney at the Oregon Department of Justice — is under consideration to be the next Oregon U.S Attorney — encouraged his fellow DAs to consider their financial situations before coming out against the “fix-it” bill which would modify “earned time” sentencing provisions that allow some inmates to be released early, the newspaper reports.

Amanda Marshall (facebook)

Kent Robinson, the First Assistant U.S. Attorney in Oregon, also was recommended for the post by a 13-member ad hoc selection committee last summer. But in February withdrew his application for unknown reasons. He served as the district’s acting U.S. attorney from July 2009 until earlier this month.

The Bulletin reports that some DAs argue that lawmakers used the pay cut to pressure them to keep quiet about their objections to the “fix-it” bill. However, several key Democratic lawmakers said they do not believe that the pay cuts were linked to positions that the DAs may have taken on legislation, according to the newspaper.

In a Feb. 10 email to fellow DAs, Marquis warned his colleagues not to voice criticisms of the bill, the newspaper reports. “There are many problems with this ‘fix,’ but if any of us say a word they’ll cut off our salaries. … so I hope everyone has equity for a loan, savings or has been setting aside money. This WILL pass. There is nothing we can do about it.”  Marquis told the newspaper that based on his inquiries, he firmly believes that “legislators who had the power to do this” made the threat.

Kent Robinson (gov)

However, he was unwilling to name any specific lawmakers. Marquis, who has lobbied on criminal justice bills for nearly 30 years, said, “I think I’m able to distinguish between truth and rumor.” He added, “I’ve never seen anything like this, and it’s very concerning.”

It’s unknown what effect e-mails by Marquis and other DAs had on the decision by the attorneys to keep quiet, but the lawmakers got their bill and the DAs hope that means their get their pay cuts reversed today.

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Kent Robinson (gov)

An Assistant U.S. Attorney has been named the new interim Oregon U.S. Attorney, The Oregonian reports. Dwight C. Holton replaces Kent Robinson, who has been the state’s interim U.S. Attorney. His term expired at midnight on Wednesday, the newspaper reports.

Holton most recently became chief of the criminal division in the district.

Robinson, had been acting U.S. attorney since last July. He now will become the office’s First Assistant U.S. Attorney, a post he also held in 2007. Robinson  was one of three people recommended by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) for formal appointment to the U.S. Attorney position, which requires Senate confirmation. However this week Robinson withdrew his application for reasons that were not immediately made clear, The Oregonian reported.

Joshua Marquis (gov)

The two remaining people recommended for the permanent position are Josh Marquis and Amanda Marshall. The White House has not announced a decision on the appointment.

Marquis has served as the district attorney for Clatsop County since 1994. He previously was the chief deputy district attorney for Deschutes and Lincoln counties. Marquis also worked as a deputy district attorney for Lincoln and Lane counties.

Amanda Marshall (facebook)

Marshall is a child advocacy lawyer for the Oregon Department of Justice. She has a Facebook page promoting her candidacy here.

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
Joshua Marquis (gov)

Joshua Marquis (gov)

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Wednesday announced his recommendations for Oregon’s U.S. Attorney.  Read the news release here.

The finalists are Josh Marquis, Amanda Marshall and Kent Robinson.

Kent Robinson (gov)

Kent Robinson (gov)

Marquis has served as the district attorney for Clatsop County since 1994. He previously was the chief deputy district attorney for Deschutes and Lincoln counties. Marquis also worked as a deputy district attorney for Lincoln and Lane counties.

Amanda Marshall (facebook)

Amanda Marshall (facebook)

Marshall is a child advocacy lawyer for the Oregon Department of Justice. She has a Facebook page promoting her candidacy here.

Robinson is the district’s acting U.S. Attorney. From 2007 until earlier this year, he was the district’s First Assistant U.S. Attorney. From 2001 through 2007, he served as the chief of the criminal division in the district.

The omission of Oregon Assistant U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton from the list came as a surprise, according to Willamette Week in Portland.

The newspaper said:

Going into the weekend, many insiders speculated that Dwight Holton, an assistant U.S. Attorney was likely to be one of three finalists. The son of a former Virginia governor and the brother-in-law of current Virginia governor and Democratic National Committee boss Tim Kaine, Holton is connected, as well as being a well-regarded prosecutor.

Wyden appointed a 13-member selection committee to make recommendations for the senators to consider. The panel also considered Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote and Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson, but their names also weren’t on the final list sent to the White House. President Barack Obama ultimately will select and nominate the U.S. Attorney.

Monday, October 12th, 2009
Karin Immergut

Karin Immergut

Former Oregon U.S. Attorney Karin Immergut, a Bush appointee, is the latest Multnomah County circuit judge, the Oregon Statesman Journal reported Sunday.

Immergut was appointed by President Bush in 2003. She resigned July 9. Kent Robinson is serving as Oregon’s acting U.S. Attorney.

Robinson is one of six candidates in the running to fill Immergut’s seat, in a list drawn up by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Democrats. The list also includes:

  • Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis
  • Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote
  • Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson
  • Amanda Marshall, a child advocacy lawyer for the Oregon Department of Justice.
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton, who was previously recommended for the U.S. Attorney post for the Eastern District of Virginia by Democratic Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner of Virginia  President Obama nominated Associate Deputy Attorney General Neil MacBride for the post.
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) recently announced that a selection committee has selected six candidates to interview to become Oregon’s next U.S. Attorney. The interviews will take place Oct. 24-25, after which the committee will recommend three finalists for Wyden to forward to President Obama. The last Senate-confirmed person in the position was Bush-appointee Karin J. Immergut, who resigned in July to accept an appointment as a state judge.

The six people who will be interviewed are

  • John Foote, the district attorney for Clackamas County
  • John Haroldson, the district attorney for Benton County
  • Dwight Holton, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the district
  • Joshua Marquis, the district attorney for Clatsop County
  • Amanda Marshall, Oregon Department of Justice child advocacy section lawyer
  • Kent Robinson, the acting U.S. Attorney for the district

Others who previously were said to be under consideration included Rob Bovett (Lincoln County district attorney), Ken Perry (Portland lawyer), Robert Hutchings (Lane County public defender) and John Hummel (Portland lawyer and professor at a university in Liberia).

John Foote (Gov)

John Foote (Gov)

John Haroldson (Gov)

John Haroldson (Gov)

Josh Marquis (Gov)

Josh Marquis (Gov)

Amanda Marshall (facebook)

Amanda Marshall (facebook)

Kent Robinson (gov)

Kent Robinson (gov)

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Ten people have submitted applications for Oregon U.S. Attorney, Willamette Week in Portland, Ore., reported today.

Local lawyers told the newspaper the candidates are:

Kent Robinson (Gov)

Kent Robinson (Gov)

-Kent Robinson, Oregon acting U.S. Attorney.

Josh Marquis (Gov)

Josh Marquis (Gov)

-Dwight Holton, Oregon Assistant U.S. Attorney and brother-in-law of Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D). Democratic Virginia Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner previously recommended him for Eastern District of Virginia U.S. Attorney. President Obama ended up nominating Associate Deputy Attorney General Neil MacBride for the post.

-Josh Marquis,  Clatsop County district attorney.

Rob Bovett (Gov)

Rob Bovett (Gov)

-John Foote, Clackamas County district attorney.

John Foote (Gov)

John Foote (Gov)

-Rob Bovett, Lincoln County district attorney.

-John Haroldson, Benton County district attorney.

-Amanda Marshall, Oregon Department of Justice child advocacy section lawyer. She has a Facebook page promoting her candidacy here.

John Haroldson (Gov)

John Haroldson (Gov)

-Ken Perry, Portland lawyer.

-Robert Hutchings, Lane County public defender.

Amanda Marshall (facebook)

Amanda Marshall (facebook)

-John Hummel, Portland lawyer and professor at a university in Liberia.

-Josh Kardon, chief of staff to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), told Willamette Week the U.S. Attorney selection panel will meet in September to pare down its applicant list and will interview candidates in October.