On October 20, 2011, the Oregon Supreme Court denied my request to disqualify judges on the Oregon Court of Appeals who are PERS members from deciding my case because they have a direct financial interest in the outcome. All of the judges on the Court of Appeals are PERS members.
By denying my request for unbiased judges, the Oregon Supreme Court has told me and all Oregonians that PERS cases MUST be decided by judges who are PERS members and who will personally lose benefits if I win my case.
While I respect the court’s decision, I do not agree with it and I will decide shortly on whether to take this matter to federal court. I believe that the US Constitutions guarantees me the right to independent judges when Oregon or any state is trying to take my property. And Oregon takes billions of dollars from the people each year to fund PERS.