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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the District of Oregon|
|Appointed by:||Bill Clinton|
|Active:||4/30/1998 - 1/30/2009|
|Senior:||1/30/2009 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Helen Frye|
|Succeeded by:||Marco A. Hernandez|
|Undergraduate:||University of Utah|
|Law School:||Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, LL.B., 1963|
Garr M. King is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. He joined the court in 1998 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. King is serving on senior status.
Early life and education
King graduated with his law degree from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in 1963.
King began his legal career as a Deputy District Attorney for the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office from 1963 to 1966. From 1966 to 1998, he was a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Oregon.
District of Oregon
King was nominated by President Bill Clinton October 8, 1997 to a seat vacated by Helen Frye as Frye assumed senior status. King was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 27, 1998 on a majority voice vote and received commission on April 30, 1998. King assumed senior status on January 30, 2009. King was succeeded in this position by Marco A. Hernandez.
James Chasse, Jr. case (2010)United States District Court for the District of Oregon (Chasse et al v. Humphreys et al, 3:2007cv00189)
Judge King was the presiding judge in a federal rights lawsuit filed by the family of the late James Chasse, Jr. Chasse, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, died in police custody after he was arrested in 2006. There was considerable public outcry after Chasse's death, including allegations of police brutality and mishandling of individuals with mental health issues. The family's suit accused the City of Portland's police officers of using excessive force and denying Chasse appropriate medical attention.
On February 16, 2010, Judge King denied the City of Portland a venue change after the city argued they would not get a fair trial due to media publicity. Judge King said it was unclear whether the pre-trial publicity tainted the jury pool, but that he would reverse his decision if there were "inflammatory" media stories.On May 10, 2010, Judge King dismissed the lawsuit after the parties reached a settlement. The City of Portland agreed to pay $1.6 million to James Chasse, Jr.'s family and release reports on the case which were not previously available to the public.
- Judge King's Biography at the Federal Judicial Center
- "THOMAS" Confirmation of Garr King, February 9, 2009
- Willamette Week, "Why Did James Chasse Jr. Die?," November 1, 2006
- KGW.com, "Record settlement by Portland in death of James Chasse," May 11, 2010
- KGW.com, "No change of venue in Chasse case," February 16, 2010
- OregonLive.com, "U.S. District judge says the James Chasse Jr. case will be tried in Portland," February 16, 2010
- KGW.com, "$1.6M Chasse settlement approved," July 28, 2010
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|District of Oregon
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James Alger Fee • Matthew Paul Deady • Charles Byron Bellinger • Charles Edwin Wolverton • Robert Sharp Bean • Michael Hogan • John Hugh McNary • Alfred Goodwin • Otto Skopil • Edward Leavy • Claude McColloch • Robert Belloni • James Burns • William East • Gus Solomon • Helen Frye • John Kilkenny •
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