Update: See “Oregon Supreme Court will tackle MERS foreclosure issues,” by Brent Hunsberger, The Oregonian, July 19, July 20 (print edition), 2012.
For the decision AND an overview of Oregon’s nonjudicial foreclosure laws:
Rebecca Niday v. GMAC Mortgage, LLC (A147430) (from Clackamas County Circuit Court)
This question comes to librarians usually in this form:
I am looking for Criminal Records for someone I want to hire, want to rent to, want to date, etc. Can I search for that information online – and for free?
“The Jackson County Sheriff appeals a judgment declaring that all concealed handgun licenses issued by the Sheriff of Jackson County are public records and ordering the sheriff to disclose a list of all concealed handgun licenses issued in the county in 2006 and 2007. On de novo review, ORS 192.490(1); ORS 19.415(3) (2007),(1) we affirm, because the requested documents are public records and the sheriff failed to establish that the public records are exempt from disclosure. ORS 192.410-192.529; see Guard Publishing Co. v. Lane County School Dist., 310 Or 32, 39, 791 P2d 854 (1990) (disclosure of public records is the rule and public bodies must prove individualized bases for exemptions)….” (Link to full case.)
Records flap has ironic twist: Activists publish the state’s public records manual on the Internet over the Justice Department’s objections, by David Steves, The Register-Guard, appeared in print: Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009.
Excerpt: “Right-to-know advocates are defying Oregon’s attorney general by putting a restricted government document on the Web for everyone to see.
But the document at the center of this dispute isn’t a sensitive record such as a list of Oregonians’ Social Security numbers or names of concealed-handgun-permit holders.
Open Up Oregon has links to PDFs for the full manual and the story behind their efforts. Hurrah!
Selected recent postings on this dispute, about which I posted here.