Oregon Judge Interrupts Victim's Statement and Leaves Courtroom Before She Finishes

"An Oregon newspaper column is criticizing a Multnomah County judge for interrupting a domestic assault victim’s impact statement and then walking out of the courtroom before she finished.

Judge Kenneth Walker interrupted Dana Parks three times before he sentenced the man who assaulted her and left the courtroom, according to a tape of the hearing reviewed by the Oregonian. The Oregon Crime Victims Law Center is seeking a new sentencing hearing, citing a violation of Parks’ right under Oregon law to speak about the impact of the crime.

The entire hearing lasted about 27 minutes. Walker stopped Parks from speaking before she could read the last paragraph of her statement. Says the Oregonian, 'The least we can do for a victim is give her 20 minutes of the court’s time.'”



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