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Thu Dec 25, 2014, 11:12 PM

 

stranger gives defendant $983 in court so he does't become a felon

Last edited Fri Dec 26, 2014, 02:34 AM - Edit history (1)

Though the two were strangers to each other, civil attorney Colin Murphy overheard a defense attorney and prosecutor talking about a different case that was 15 minutes before his last week, the Oregonian reported.

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Murphy typically covers business disputes, but he still understood that the defendant was about to miss a plea deal that would allow him to be sentenced with a misdemeanor instead of a felony.

Defendant Castor Majuro Conley bought a Nissan pickup truck from a thief, then sold it to someone else who sold it to a scrap yard, police reports allege. Conley, married with a 17-month-old child, couldn't come up with the $983 required to pay restitution to the car's owner. So, Murphy decided to step in, as the Oregon State Bar prohibits an attorney from giving or loaning money to a client.

While Murphy wanted to make sure that giving Conley $983 would be permitted, Taylor told the judge, "I think we’ve worked it out."

"He handed a personal check to me that day," Conley's attorney Taylor said of Murphy. "I had never seen or heard of him."

As for Conley, he was "stunned and in disbelief," Taylor said.

Conley has one misdemeanor conviction on his record, a fourth-degree assault in 2011, the Oregonian reported. A more serious felony charge could have cost Conley his job and future employment prospects, plus rental housing.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=27830741

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Reply stranger gives defendant $983 in court so he does't become a felon (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2014 OP
Jim Lane Dec 2014 #1
Live and Learn Dec 2014 #2
Liberal_in_LA Dec 2014 #3
FirstClassTicket Dec 2014 #4
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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Dec 26, 2014, 12:32 AM

1. Alas, this story will get less attention than the ones putting lawyers in a bad light. (n/t)

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Dec 26, 2014, 12:59 AM

2. Wow, the comment section is great. These people really get it.

Michael Martin • 6 hours ago

I hope he realizes how big of a save that was. Had he received a felony conviction his life would have been ruined.

This country need to so something about labeling people a felon for life. It is not right. Once a person has paid their debt we need to give them a chance to once again rejoin society. Being labeled a felon equals a life of being treated as a pariah. Never able to find a decent job, how can you save for an education working a minimum wage job forever. The government need to change it so that after 10 years of not committing any felon the record can be removed. Otherwise, people have no reason to not do anything illegal. Lets say at 16 or 17 someone made a mistake, it is right at age 50 that person should still be punished?

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Response to Live and Learn (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 26, 2014, 02:35 AM

3. Yeah! and I revised the thread title to make sense

 

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Response to Live and Learn (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 26, 2014, 03:14 AM

4. "Otherwise, people have no reason to not do anything illegal."

Seriously? A person old enough to be posting online should be capable of more mature moral reasoning than that.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Fri Dec 26, 2014, 04:19 AM

5. His very Lucky Day.. thank you, LinLA!

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