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OR: After 15 years, ex-lawyer branded as child molester wins a reversal

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed the conviction of a former lawyer who was found guilty in 2002 of sexually touching a 10-year-old girl in the kitchen of a McMinnville home, in a case riddled with questionable evidence.

Although Bradley Christopher Holbrook has already served a 6 ¼-year prison sentence, the reversal means he will no longer be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and carry that stigma. It also means that he won’t be a convicted felon anymore and could reinstate his law license.

That’s if the state of Oregon decides against appealing Wednesday’s ruling to the Oregon Supreme Court. And if the Yamhill County District Attorney’s Office — which originally prosecuted him — doesn’t decide to pursue a conviction again in a new trial.

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  1. Last Call...CALL ME BY MY NAME?

    Maybe just by…Chance

  2. CR

    I didn’t read the article, but I wonder how the Yamhill COunty District Attorney’s Office could pursue a conviction in a new trial? That would run afoul of the Double Jeopardy clause.

    • Guy Hamilton-Smith

      It would only be violative of the DJ clause if there were a finalized disposition of the case — like if he were acquitted. When a conviction is vacated, all that generally means is that it is like the first trial never happened, and the defendant is put back in the position that they were in pre-trial.

    • American Detained in America

      I was told by a lawyer that if a case is overturned on appeal, then tried again, it doesn’t fall under double jeopardy.

  3. Michael

    “… the reversal means he will no longer be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life and carry that stigma.”

    Good luck with that. Because many people are unable to accept facts as facts, he will carry that stigma around like a spare tire for the rest of his life.


  4. Edie

    Unfortunately, the current county DA is the same guy that prosecuted the case when this all started. Let’s hope he has a heart and lets Mr. Holbrook move on with his life.

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