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Oregon Court of Appeals reverses convictions of Randy Richardson, former Multnomah County prosecutor | OregonLive.com 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. Richardson 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. Richardson, 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." In his 20s and early 30s, Richardson and his legal skills impressed colleagues at the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office. But he 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. But his 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.
Randy Ray Richardson - the former Multnomah County prosecutor whose 2009 theft conviction was overturned in fall 2012 - will be tried again on allegations of felony first-degree aggravated theft and a misdemeanor charge of deception in the case, court records indicate.
Richardson's name appeared on the county's morning arraignment docket Thursday, with a notice that the county district attorney's office intends to retry him. Randy Ray Richardson Randy Ray Richardson The next month, a judge sentenced Richardson, then 39, to two years in prison. In October 2012, the Oregon Court of Appeals reversed Richardson's two convictions. He already had served most of his prison sentence - which amounted to 1 1/2 years -- before the court's decision. The woman died before Richardson, now 44, and Penn were brought to trial. The state Supreme Court disbarred Richardson in April 2011 based on his 2009 convictions and other ethical violations. Oregon Court of Appeals reverses convictions of Randy Richardson, former Multnomah County prosecutor Former prosecutor Randy Ray Richardson will lose his law license, Oregon Supreme Court rules
Randy Ray Richardson.Yes, this is his mug shot. FOLLOW-UP Wicked GameAn investigation details bribery charges against Randy Ray Richardson. More than a year ago, an up-and-coming defense lawyer named Randy Richardson stood before a jury and belittled the lead investigator behind three counts of attempted murder against Richardson's client, Chris Lambert. Today, Richardson has reason to rue those words. Richardson was once a star prosecutor for the Multnomah County district attorney's office (see "Randy Richardson was a hotshot criminal-defense lawyer.Now he needs one," WW, May 28, 2003). Now, police reports obtained by WW provide new details of McConnell's case against Richardson. Bates said that in a separate case, Richardson arranged to give her $500 for not testifying in a domestic violence charge she'd leveled against her ex-husband, Richardson's client. Richardson's trial is scheduled for October.He faces 18 counts of witness tampering, bribery and other misconduct.
Randy Richardson, former Multnomah County prosecutor, gets two years in prisonoregonlive.com
A surveillance camera at the Robert Duncan plaza captures a dispute between former Multnomah County prosecutor Randy Ray Richardson and his girlfriend, Kristi Kephart. (4/4/06)