Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announces the creation a new position within the office designed to further ensure the integrity of the prosecution function, convictions and the post-conviction process. Deputy District Attorney J. Russell Ratto will be appointed to the newly created position on October 27, 2014.
The Post-Conviction DDA will seek to reinforce confidence in the prosecution function, ensure that wrongful convictions do not occur and that post-conviction matters are appropriately administered. The Post-Conviction DDA will be responsible for review and coordination of the response to all legitimate claims of actual innocence pursuant to ORS 138.690 (post-conviction motion for DNA).
In addition to claims of actual innocence the Post-Conviction DDA will also review other claims of innocence, act as a liaison with the Oregon Attorney General’s Office regarding petitions for post-conviction relief, represent (or coordinate the representation of) the District Attorney in cases before the Oregon Board of Parole and the Psychiatric Security Review Board, and maintain office policies and protocols developed to prevent wrongful convictions from occurring and to ensure the proper administration of justice.
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