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Oregon judge who refused to marry same-sex couples found guilty of ‘exceptionally serious misconduct’ — and a cover-up

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The Oregon Supreme Court suspended Judge Vance Day on Thursday for “willful misconduct” and for making “willful misstatements” to investigators to cover up the truth, The Oregonian reported.

Day was first appointed in 2011 to the bench in Marion County Circuit Court and it was decided that he acted with prejudice against same-sex couples by refusing to marry them after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized the marriage. He also instructed his staff to do whatever it took to avoid “public detection” of his refusal.

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The state court specifically cited “exceptionally serious misconduct” in making false statements about a man he supervised on probation. Day claimed he didn’t know the man was a felon, but documents prove he was lying.

Day also lied about being assaulted by a referee at his son’s community college soccer game.

“We conclude that a lengthy suspension is required, to preserve public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary,” the court’s opinion said.

It is the longest suspension in the state court’s history.

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Twitter baffled at Trump’s tirade over Roger Stone’s sentencing

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Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of Donald Trump, is facing sentencing this Thursday in a Washington federal court after being convicted in November of lying to Congress and witness tampering. In a Twitter rant this morning, Trump lamented Stone's predicament, saying he's being unfairly targeted while figures like James Comey and Hillary Clinton have escaped justice.

"'They say Roger Stone lied to Congress,'" Trump tweeted while sending a shot at his least favorite network, CNN. "I see, but so did Comey (and he also leaked classified information, for which almost everyone, other than Crooked Hillary Clinton, goes to jail for a long time), and so did Andy McCabe, who also lied to the FBI! FAIRNESS?"

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‘Righteous prosecution’: DOJ lawyers ignore Barr’s new guidelines and recommend jail time for Stone

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Four prosecutors in the Roger Stone case resigned when the Justice Department took over the sentencing of Stone and rewrote their memo.

Now, however, the DOJ is still arguing that Roger Stone belongs in jail.

It's a strange turn as the new prosecutor in the case essentially ignored the change in sentencing memos, despite Judge Amy Berman Jackson grilling him about the change.

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Legal experts shocked as DOJ lawyers rebel against Bill Barr’s new Roger Stone sentencing guidelines

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The new prosecutors in the Roger Stone case still seem to be ignoring the re-write of the sentencing memo, according to those watching the trial unfold.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson told the courtroom Thursday that she reviewed government sentencing recommendations from both the prosecutors who resigned last week and the supervisor who rewrote the memo.

"I note that the initial memo has not been withdrawn," she said.

"There was nothing in bad faith with the initial prosecution team’s recommendation," said Crabb.

"It’s not about bad faith. It was fully consistent with current DOJ policy, wasn’t that true?" Berman Jackson asked.

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