Friday, June 1, 2012

Buford Trial Over!

To ALL COLA LO Members,

This week the Buford case went to trial in Clackamas County court.    The trial lasted three days and a verdict was rendered in the case yesterday.    The Jury found that Gary Buford was innocent of assaulting a police officer but was guilty on the remaining four counts including resisting arrest and related charges.   

Details can be found at the following link:  Jury Finds Buford Innocent.  and at Elderly LO Man.  Updated Oregonian article at Scuffle over Downed Trees

 During the trial many community leaders and residents supported Mr. Buford by wearing " I support Gary" buttons in the courtroom.   One current City Councilor testified on behalf of Mr. Buford.  

Its clear this case divided the community and produced concern over the role of the police department in a unique community like Lake Oswego.  

It further forced citizens to question the value in the tree code and how the city will respond to tree code enforcement situations with its residents.    

The case had substantial overtones of property rights which were not allowed in a criminal case.   

Its a very unique situation which brings out many of the issues of concern to the community of Lake Oswego.  

Citizens will certainly be contemplating what if any impact the case and the history will have on the fall elections.    Mr. Buford was actively critical of the current city council and Mayor.   

Please notify all members, contacts, and friends...

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