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August 7, 2008

Oregon Court Offers Pizza and Chicken in Exchange for Murderer’s Guilty Plea

Citing benefits to judicial economy, Deputy District Attorney Josh Lamborn agreed with the decision of Multnomah County Judge Eric Bergstrom to provide a confessed murderer, Tremayne Durham, with KFC Chicken and sides in exchange for a guilty plea to the murder of Adam Calbreath, a potential business associate. According to the agreement, immediately after entering the guilty plea Durham would receive KFC and Popeye’s Chicken, as well as mashed potatoes, coleslaw, carrot cake and ice cream. In addition, following his sentencing, Durham, who apparently wanted a break from jail food, would be provided with pizza, lasagna, calzones and ice cream. Although these concessions save the significant expense of a trial and potential appeals, pandering to the whims of a killer could be construed as undermining the integrity of the judicial process. But hey, at least he got coleslaw.

A news article discussing the case is available here.

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I don’t think that the court gave him the food. The prosecutor did. Prosecutors can offer people all sorts of things in exchange for their guilty pleas.

This does however, set a rather low amount on the “value” of one’s 6th amendment rights.

Posted by: S.cotus | Aug 7, 2008 3:34:13 PM

Mmmmmmm.... Coleslaw!

Posted by: babalu | Aug 7, 2008 3:42:49 PM

That's what we would have thought, but Yahoo News (ok, maybe not the authoritative source) reported: "The judge agreed and granted Durham a feast of KFC chicken, Popeye's chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, carrot cake and ice cream." Yahoo also reported: "Deputy District Attorney Josh Lamborn said Multnomah County Judge Eric Bergstrom made the right call in allowing the unusual plea agreement because it saved the expense of a trial and possible appeals."

Go figure

Posted by: Guest Bloggers | Aug 7, 2008 4:06:19 PM

babalu:

I agree 100%. Could you pass the ketchup?

Posted by: Bill Otis | Aug 7, 2008 4:43:35 PM

I think Yahoo screwed this up.

And two kinds of chicken?

Posted by: S.cotus | Aug 7, 2008 4:48:38 PM

Is this entry for real?

Posted by: rn | Aug 7, 2008 6:13:28 PM

Everything about this case is absurd -- the defendant traveled across country to kill the poor victim because the victim's company wouldn't refund the $18,000 the defendant paid to buy an ice cream truck. You cannot make this stuff up.

In a more thorough story by the Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/121807953617010.xml&coll=7&thispage=2, they write:

"Many people close to Adam Calbreath weren't pleased by the chicken dinner deal, said Don Hons, 32, a friend who attended the sentencing. ... But Hons said he was glad that the judge made the small gesture in order to get Durham locked up for life. 'If a couple buckets of chicken are going to help to get a conviction,' Hons said, 'then get some biscuits to go with it.'"

Posted by: Guest Bloggers | Aug 7, 2008 6:44:32 PM

>>Everything about this case is absurd -- the defendant traveled across country to kill the poor victim because the victim's company wouldn't refund the $18,000 the defendant paid to buy an ice cream truck. You cannot make this stuff up.

With all respect, I have even more absurd war stories..


But, the Victims Rights Industry should be pleased as punch about this. For a relatively small bargain price they got someone to give up most of his constitutional rights. No trial. No appeals. Just a few buckets of chicken.

And, as as someone that likes taxes, I am pleased, too. He he keeps eating like this, he will likely live a much shorter life. Thereby reducing the tax burden.

Posted by: S.cute.us | Aug 7, 2008 6:54:50 PM

I was one of the attorneys on this case. The defense team paid for and obtained the food.

Posted by: Ryan S | Aug 8, 2008 11:12:55 AM

I was one of the attorneys on this case. The defense team paid for and obtained the food.

Posted by: Ryan S | Aug 8, 2008 11:13:19 AM

I was one of the attorneys on this case. The defense team paid for and obtained the food.

Posted by: Ryan S | Aug 8, 2008 11:13:35 AM

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