Multnomah County
District Attorney

1200 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 5200
Portland, OR 97204
503-988-3162

Multnomah County District Attorney

 
1200 SW 1st Avenue, Suite 5200
| Portland, OR 97204
| 503-988-3162
 

DA Mike Schmidt releases weekly cases impacted by public defense crisis 

September 29, 2023

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt released a list of cases impacted by the public defense crisis. The list includes felony cases dismissed by the JC3 court as a result of the crisis. 

In November, DA Mike Schmidt called the public defense crisis– defined by a lack of public defenders to provide counsel to defendants– an urgent threat to public safety. Individuals charged with a crime have a constitutional right to defense counsel. Victims have a right to justice. Absent counsel, criminal prosecutions cannot lawfully move forward, and throughout the counsel shortage, cases issued by the office have been routinely dismissed over prosecutors’ objections.

DA Schmidt also declared that MCDA would publish cases dismissed due to the crisis each week to increase transparency and advance the public’s understanding of the scope of the crisis. Here is a breakdown of the types of felonies getting dismissed.

There were 20 cases dismissed by the court as a result of the public defense crisis between 9/15/2023 and 9/28/2023:

23-CR-16979

23-CR-19294

23-CR-16020

22-CR-08399

23-CR-27489

23-CR-21608

23-CR-12888

23-CR-21282

23-CR-21500

21-CR-06455

22-CR-43194

22-CR-15032

23-CR-19855

22-CR-24793

23-CR-21910

21-CR-13407

20-CR-05267

23-CR-06125

21-CR-50403

20-CR-70179