- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A judge has ordered the state to pay more than $318,000 to lawyers representing a Eugene man who was kicked by an Oregon State Police captain after a chase.

The Register-Guard reports (https://bit.ly/22LwJqn ) that U.S. District Judge Michael McShane’s March 29 order blames Oregon Department of Justice attorneys who represented Capt. Rob Edwards for the costly legal bill. McShane says during the January trial state lawyers filed 22 “groundless” objections and one attorney pretended to be asleep while plaintiff Justin Wilkens was testifying.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum issued a statement saying the DOJ is working to make sure lawyers are aware of standards regarding courtroom behavior.

The state has appealed the jury’s ruling that found Edwards violated Wilkens’ civil rights in the 2012 incident.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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