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Oregon Legislators cut District Attorney Salaries as Payback for speaking against a bill

 
Daniel Higdon
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02/17/2016 07:44 PM
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Oregon Legislators cut District Attorney Salaries as Payback for speaking against a bill
Prosecutors' pay cut caught in controversy
E-mails allege pressure

E-mails allege pressure

Dec. 22: Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris to his fellow DAs on whether they should respond to an Op-Ed supporting House Bill 3508, a bill that let thousands of inmates out early to help ease a budget crisis:

Failing to respond will encourage legislatures to view our organization as weak and divided. Couple that with the fact that they intentionally cut our salary, and are holding the add back hostage to our keeping silent about a bad policy that we opposed will appear that they can control us for 1.8% of our salary. If we set that precedence we will be encouraging more of the same.”

Aug. 12: Tillamook District Attorney William B. Porter's e-mail to his fellow elected district attorneys, discussing whether the DA's association should mount a legal challenge to a pay cut the Legislature approved for them:

Why not go there? We are duly elected constitutional officers. We are being punished for exercising our rights as citizens and our duty as DAs. The Governor has consciously chosen to just let it happen. We are also being blackmailed w/ threats of further cuts if we don't behave. The legislators that hate us are already out to cut our pay more.

Let's fight back!”

Feb. 10: Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis to his fellow district attorneys on whether they should point out flaws in Senate Bill 1007, a bill to fix problems with HB 3508:

“Colleagues

There are many problems with this “fix” but if any of us say a word they'll cut off our salaries ... or more accurately refuse to reinstate our June 2011 paycheck 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.

Feb. 11: Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris to his fellow DAs on whether they should ask Sen. Floyd Prozanski for help getting their pay restored in light of their restraint in speaking out:

“The legislature (Floyd et al) is buying our silence on earned time with our salary. We have always taken the high road, and not traded policy for a pay raise. The legislature has taken a very dangerous low road by tying our hope that we get the salary that the law requires to our rolling over on earned time. This is a very dangerous precedent. I should have spoken more forcefully last month, but I had already said enough. It is too late to change our course. However the pay cut worked so well this time for the legislature that it will become the way that they neutralize us in the future.”

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