Jed Peterson Argues Two Cases Before the Oregon Supreme Court

On September 15, 2014, O’Connor Weber LLP senior associate Jed Peterson argued two cases before the Oregon Supreme Court. In State v. Sagdal, the issues were whether the Oregon Constitution allows for a jury of fewer than ten members to return a valid verdict in a misdemeanor criminal case in circuit court, and whether a certificate of accuracy for alcohol breath testing equipment is testimonial for purposes of the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

In State v. Avila-Nava, the issue was whether the defendant unequivocally invoked his right to remain silent when he said, “I won’t answer any questions,” and the officer interpreted the statement as a question.

The two cases were Peterson’s 5th and 6th arguments before the Oregon Supreme Court. The arguments can be seen online at the court’s website, at

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