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Who hid Wheeler County Judge’s exoneration?

Letter: Who hid Wheeler County Judge’s exoneration?

Published on January 29, 2018 5:49PM

On April 4, 2017, a letter from the Oregon Department of Justice, Criminal Justice Division was sent to the Honorable Gretchen Ladd, Wheeler County District Attorney, completely exonerating former Wheeler County Judge Chris Perry of any alleged wrongdoing and dismissing any and all unfounded criminal allegations against him that sadly and wrongly ultimately led to his recall.

For some inexplicable reason this letter from Bumjoon Park, senior assistant Attorney General, was never made known to the Wheeler County Court and our citizens as it should have been. The people voted to unfairly terminate Judge Perry’s years of honest, ethical and fiscally responsible service prior to his being found “innocent” of all of the frivolous “small community” hearsay allegations against him.

To add insult to injury, someone “sat on” this letter for nine months until I heard about it, and am now issuing a long-overdue “press release” in hopes that in the future our citizens will avoid behaving like a lynch mob, assuming the role of judge, jury and executioner before all the facts are known.

This letter was sent to our district attorney Gretchen Ladd in April with the intention of delivering it to the Wheeler County Court for release to the public. That didn’t happen. We need to ask them, who withheld this letter from us for nine months? Where did it get waylaid?

Roberta Vandehey



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