By Edward Snook
Linn County, OR – In May 2009, when the State of Oregon began investigating Mr. Randy Gray and his business partners for securities violations in a land development project in Albany, Oregon, no one would have guessed the case would drag out until 2014.
In August 2011, two years after the Attorney General’s investigation began, special prosecutor Jason Weber, soon to be leaving his post, took the case to the grand jury in Linn County where it was rubber stamped.
One co-defendant, Derek Dunmyer, immediately accepted a plea offer from the State of Oregon in which he admitted to the felony of racketeering and “agreed to lie” for the Oregon Attorney General’s Office during their false prosecution of co-defendant Randy Gray. Dunmyer retained the privilege to hold a contractor’s license and realtors’ license in the State of Oregon.
Attorney General John Kroger’s office (Kroger has since been replaced by Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum) either acted out of total incompetence or was rewarding Dunmyer for his perjured testimony or both in allowing Dunmyer to continue his licensing with the very state government that knows he is an admitted criminal.
Within the next year, a second co-defendant, Scott Whitney, accepted a plea offer for a guilty plea of racketeering and four counts of selling unregistered securities. Unlike Dunmyer, Whitney did not agree to testify (commit perjury) against his co-defendants.
Mr. Gray, however, knew he did not knowingly commit any crimes and has withstood the bully tactics of plea offer negotiations.
Gray’s trial was originally scheduled for three weeks in June of 2013, but just a week before trial, Gray “discovered his attorney made an egregious error that could cost him his constitutional right to a fair trial.” Mr. Gray fired his attorney and subsequently hired James Leuenberger of Lake Oswego.
Gray’s new trial is scheduled for January 14, 2014, two and half years after his arrest and indictment, four and a half years after the start of the investigation. Mr. Gray, his wife and each one of his six children have faced severe emotional trauma for over four years and they have experienced almost absolute financial destruction, as well as a total loss of personal liberty throughout this entire ordeal. Read the factual account of Gray’s story, “Motive and Intent Irrelevant! State of Oregon Attacks“.
Since his arraignment, Mr. Gray has not been allowed to leave the State of Oregon without permission from the court. Over the past several years while waiting for trial, he has made several requests to travel to Washington State to work at a summer camp with his family. The court and prosecution have not had any objections in the past. This year, after the trial postponement and his new attorney took over, the request for permission to leave the state encountered resistance and more stringent requirements, such as reporting in with his attorney after returning home and signing right to extradite papers. The US~Observer attributes this abuse to the fact that Gray’s new attorney has been vigorously defending his client as opposed to “sharing the same bed with the Attorney General’s Office.”
Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum Assumes Responsibility
At this juncture, Attorney General Rosenblum would have us believe that Randy Gray is innocent until proven guilty, when nothing could be further from the truth. Randy Gray is factually already serving a sentence and is already considered guilty by Oregon’s “Justice System”.
Gray’s defense team has filed a demurrer, motion for evidence and discovery, motion for suppression of evidence, motion to set aside indictment, motion prohibiting verbiage, motion to reconsider the court’s order granting the state’s motion in limine, and a motion requesting hearing on motions. Defense motions and the demurrer should be heard by the court sometime in November, in Albany, Oregon.
One would think that the justice system in Oregon would quickly resolve issues in a case deemed complex, important, and expensive. This case does not exemplify the right to a speedy trial, nor the idealistic steps of due process.
What is factually taking place in this completely false prosecution shows that Attorney General Rosenblum’s statement above appears to be a façade, a professional deception intended to make voters in Oregon think that she is acting ethically and responsibly. It would greatly behoove Rosenblum if she were to take a very close look at Randy Gray’s conspired criminal charges and then dismiss them in the “interest of justice.”
In the alternative the US~Observer will make certain that Oregon Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum is very well known for protecting absolute criminals like Derek Dunmyer, protecting and using the perjured testimony of the criminal Derek Dunmyer and for attempting to falsely prosecute an honest and exemplary man like Randy Gray.
Editor’s Note: The US~Observer prompts anyone with information about any of the participants we have named in this article to contact Edward Snook at 541-474-7885 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.