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Answers may be illusive in Missouri, but new legislation in Oregon could become a model for reform: just record the proceedings … and prosecutorial playgrounds become transparent
The thing about being a felon in possession of a firearm is that sometimes you get caught. And if you’re Joe Johnson, getting caught is as easy as shooting yourself in the groin. Johnson was facing 20 years in prison in a Multnomah County, Oregon, courtroom in June. Ten were for the weapon – its discharge, as carefully explained by a forensic expert on the stand, was from inside the pants – and the other 10 were for shooting a friend turned frenemy outside a grocery store in Portland, an incident described as a botched robbery, with conflicting accounts as to who was robbing whom.