- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The top federal public defender in Oregon for 31 years, Steven Wax, announced Wednesday he’ll step down at the end of September to start his own practice and serve as legal director for the newly founded Oregon Innocence Project.

The 65-year-old Wax has been Oregon’s top federal defender since the office was established in 1983, and he is among the longest-serving federal defenders in the nation. His replacement will be named by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/1eek1aW ) Wax defended Beaverton lawyer Brandon Mayfield who was wrongly accused in the 2004 Madrid train bombing, and Wax helped secure the release of six Guantanamo Bay detainees. He wrote about the experiences in his 2008 book, “Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror.”

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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