James Chasse’s attorneys say Portland’s request for trial change of venue frivolous

From the Oregonian, February 2, 2010

The lawyer for James P. Chasse Jr.‘s family called the City of Portland’s push to transfer the federal civil rights trial out of state frivolous, and estimated it would cost the plaintiffs alone more than $40,000, according to court papers filed this week.

Attorney Thomas Steenson says the federal court has no authority to grant the city’s request to transfer the two-week trial to Washington or Idaho because the events occurred in Portland and the plaintiffs could not have brought the case outside Oregon.

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