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Court: Online filing repository is a public record

Aug 12, 2013

Of the Associated Press

PORTLAND — The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that the state's online repository of court files is a public record.

The ruling overturns a lower-court judgment that put the state in the position of arguing that its own online registry was insufficiently reliable to establish that a conviction had taken place.

The ruling came on an appeal of a misdemeanor case from Multnomah County in which two people accused each other of breaking car windows.

Prosecutors charged one and used the other as chief witness. The defendant tried to use evidence of two robbery convictions to attack the witness's credibility.

A trial judge ruled the evidence from the Oregon Judicial Information Network was inadmissible.

The appeals court overturned the conviction and sent the case back to the trial court.

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