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Oregon Court of Appeals reverses convictions of Randy Richardson, former Multnomah County prosecutor
Randy Ray Richardson -- the former Multnomah County prosecutor who for years emerged from scandal after scandal unscathed -- won a big victory Wednesday in his latest legal fight.
The Oregon Court of Appeals
reversed Richardson's one and only felony conviction, after a Multnomah County
jury found him guilty in 2009 of felony first-degree aggravated theft for helping a nephew of a dying woman sign over her
North Portland house to him.
The appeals court also reversed Richardson's misdemeanor conviction for deception in that case.
already has served his
prison sentence -- which amounted to about 1 1/2 years -- but the reversal could drastically affect Richardson's life.
Special prosecutor Scott Healy, who tried the case, said a decision has not been made about whether to appeal the reversal to the Oregon Supreme Court or whether prosecutors will skip the appeal and try Richardson again.
, 43, couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
That would leave open the question of whether Richardson
will be able to get his
legal license back -- the state Supreme Court disbarred him in April 2011 based on his
2009 convictions and other ethical violations.
Within hours after the appeals court's decision, members of the Portland area legal community expressed astonishment.
One even referred to him as the "Teflon King."
20s and early 30s, Richardson
legal skills impressed colleagues at the Multnomah County
District Attorney's Office.
resigned in 2000 after six years on the job, under suspicions that he
took part in a pyramid scheme.
Richardson began working as a defense attorney.
reputation was repeatedly dogged by accusations that included holding a girlfriend by the throat, burglarizing another girlfriend's home and bribing a witness while defending a man for attempted murder.
Each time, however, he
emerged from each scandal conviction-free.
The woman died before Richardson
and Penn were brought to trial.