The jury trial against Judge Day is scheduled to begin at 9:00AM tomorrow, Monday, October 22nd at the East Multnomah County Courthouse, 18480 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233.
It has been nearly two years since Judge Day was charged with two felonies and almost four years since the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness held the kangaroo court that led to his three year suspension. Thus, please indulge us while we dust the cobwebs off some of the events that led to this jury trial.
On November 17, 2016, Judge Vance Day was charged with two felonies by the Marion County District Attorney’s Office. Here are a few interesting things to note: the day he was charged was the day before the statute of limitations was about to run on the first felony. Walt Beglau, the Marion County District Attorney, recused himself from the case and turned it over to the Oregon Department of Justice and the extremely liberal Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum. Neutral observers have noted that the attorney general was a very strong Hillary Clinton supporter and that she waited five months after the end of the “investigation” to finally charge Judge Day. The timing could not have been better for Rosenblum. The expected shoe-in victory for Hillary Clinton and a trophy scalp from Judge Day would have done wonders for her political career. Thankfully, history isn’t always so kind with hubristic political ambitions.
Since being charged in 2016, the criminal trial has been reset seven times. The most recent was in April of this year when Judge Julie Frantz determined that Judge Day could not get a fair trial in Marion County due to the inaccurate and consistently negative reporting of the Statesman Journal newspaper.
It was expected that the trial would be moved to Central Oregon or perhaps Southern Oregon. However, Judge Frantz moved it to Portland. Judge Day’s response was that he believes he can still get a neutral jury who will decide this case fairly, despite the overwhelmingly liberal voter base of Multnomah county.
The Oregon Department of Justice has only one eye witness, the Navy seal who made the initial allegation that Judge Day gave him permission to handle an unloaded gun on two occasions. Brian Shehan lives in Texas and has reportedly been re-thinking whether he would even participate in the trial. Although Shehan has been given immunity for his testimony, the state of Oregon does not have the authority to give him immunity on any federal gun charges.
The case is scheduled to last nearly three weeks; however, legal observers expect it to be shorter. Jury selection is anticipated to last three days. On Thursday, October 25th, once a jury has been seated, it is expected that the parties will give their opening statements. Nearly 100 potential jurors are being called, out of which a jury of 12 and 2 alternates will be chosen.
On the morning of Friday, October 26, the State of Oregon is expected to put on its first witness and, on Wednesday or Thursday of the following week, they will possibly finalize its case. Judge Day’s legal team will have the remainder of the time to present as many of their witnesses as possible, an anticipated 25 individuals.
Closing arguments could occur sometime between November 6th – 8th.
We encourage you to show support for Judge Day by attending the trial as your schedule allows. Generally, the public is welcome; the courtroom opens at 8am and trial begins at 9am. For those who have not attended a jury trial, it is important to know that the gallery (the public in attendance) is expected to remain quiet and respectful during the proceedings.
We will be posting updates to the website at least at the end of each week. If you attend the trial, we invite you to share with us and other supporters any thoughts and summaries you might have on the Facebook page.
As always, we thank you for continuing to follow and support Judge Day’s journey. We are looking forward to a fair judgment for him in the coming weeks!