Only a very small percentage of criminal cases attract media attention. Pat Birmingham works to prevent or avoid media attention whenever possible. Sometimes, however, media attention is unavoidable. He is especially adept in defending high profile clients where prosecutors may use criminal charges to make "examples" of corporate, business, and community leaders. He possesses the communication savvy needed to cope with the bright, unrelenting eye of the news media. He has appeared on television and has been interviewed by experienced reporters. He has contacts with local reporters and knows the unspoken "media rules," enabling him to help you avoid disastrous public relations pifalls.
The following list of cases are examples of some of our cases that have attracted media attention:
State of Oregon vs. Kemple
Mr. Kemple found not guilty by jury.
State of Oregon vs. Self
Mr. Self found not guilty by jury.
State of Oregon vs. Butler & Butler
Both men found not guilty by jury.
State of Oregon vs. Thamprapas
Charge: Murder, Arson and Assault
Ms. Thamprapas had murder, arson and assault charges dismissed in plea bargain. She pled guilty to theft and hindering prosecution.
State of Oregon vs. Ritchie
Jury found Mr. Ritchie not guilty of murder but of lesser included offense of negligent homicide.
State of Oregon vs. Keller
Charge: Double homicide
No charges filed.
State of Oregon vs. Tran
Plea to manslaughter.
State of Oregon vs. Northon
After several days of jury trial, murder charges dismissed in exchange for plea to manslaughter.
Also see true crime novel, "Heart Full of Lies," by author Ann Rule.
State of Oregon vs. Johnson
Charge: Rape & Sodomy
Mr. Johnson found not guilty by jury of all charges.
State of Oregon vs. Derrick
Charge: Rape, Kidnapping, Sodomy & Sex Abuse
Jury found Mr. Derrick not guilty of rape, kidnapping, sodomy, sex abuse, etc.
State of Oregon vs. Gustafson
Jury found Ms. Gustafson not guilty of perjury in the first trial. In the second trial the judge dismissed all remaining charges.
United States vs. Avance
Federal judge declared search warrant affidavit of drug enforcement office agent and state police to be in "reckless disregard of the truth" and as a result all marijuana and gun charges were dismissed.
State of Oregon vs. Juday
Found not guilty of murder by jury trial; guilty of manslaughter.
Numerous articles on various local matters involving Mr. Birmigham's cases.
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