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State of Oregon v. Edward Roger Copeland
11:00 AM
Supreme Court Courtroom
Kali Montague on behalf of Edward Roger Copeland
Doug Petrina on behalf of State of Oregon
Statement of Issues:
State of Oregon v. Edward Roger Copeland (S060370) (A143210) (appeal from Multnomah County Circuit Court; opinion reported at 247 Or App 362, 270 P3d 313 (2011)).

Defendant Edward Roger Copeland has been granted review of a Court of Appeals decision that affirmed a trial court judgment imposing punitive sanctions against him for contempt of court, based on his violation of a Family Abuse Prevention Act restraining order.

On review, the issues are:

(1) Are public and official records proffered as substantive evidence of contempt exempt from the confrontation rights guaranteed under Article I, section 11, of the Oregon Constitution, such that the proponent of the evidence need not establish that the declarant is unavailable to testify?

(2) Is a proof of service affidavit that is used in a punitive contempt proceeding testimonial evidence, subject to the demands of the Confrontation Clause under the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution?

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