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In the news: Holton swings by Albany in AG campaign — Albany Democrat Herald, May 10, 2012
“Holton says his first priority in office would be public safety, followed by consumer protection and shielding people from mortgage fraud. Holton said he would also reactivate a task force to protect the elderly against fraud…and continue Kroger’s drive against environmental crime… Rosenblum, who served on the Court of Appeals from 2005 till 2011, has not campaigned in the mid-valley.”

In the news: KEX’s Paul Linnman interviews Dwight — KEX, May 4, 2012
KEX’s Paul Linnman mixes in a little fun in his interview with Dwight this morning before getting to the clear differences between Dwight and his opponent. Also, hear why Dwight will focus on fighting aggressive foreclosure tactics as Oregon’s next Attorney General.

In the news: Eugene Weekly Endorses Dwight
— May 3, 2012
“Holton served ably as U.S. attorney for Oregon for nearly two years, and has shown us that he could run the AG office. We like his emphasis on preventative measures in law enforcement, his willingness to take on environmental issues and his tireless reaching out to the people of the state.”

In the news: News-Times of Roseburg Endorses Dwight — May 3, 2012
“…[Dwight’s] appeared in court more than 1,000 times and has prosecuted Internet predators, gangs and those involved in mortgage fraud scams…He also wants to work toward prevention of crime in an effort to save the state time and money…Rosenblum would have the bigger transition of moving from judge to prosecutor, while Holton should be ready to lead the department on day one.”

In the news: KXL’s Gregg Hersholt Interviews Dwight
— April 30, 2012
Listen to this interview and learn how Dwight will fight predatory foreclosure tactics used against Oregon families and how he will be tough – and smart – on crime, working to prevent crime in the first place through early intervention, education and drug treatment. These are reasons why progressive groups and Oregon’s law enforcement community have endorsed Dwight for Attorney General.

In the news: Heavy hitters taking swings — Register Guard, April 29, 2012
“[Dwight] recently completed a 20-month stint as Oregon’s interim U.S. attorney, and before that spent a combined 13 years as a federal prosecutor in New York and Oregon. He first came to Oregon in 2002 to teach at Lewis & Clark Law School, where he filled a position vacated by Kroger. Holton believes his strengths as a candidate lie in his desire to make the attorney general’s office a position of active ‘community leadership’ and in his managerial skills — which he says have been demonstrated, respectively, by his ‘track record of taking on powerful interests’ and by running the 115-employee federal prosecutor’s office.”

In the news: Oregon Attorney General candidate Dwight Holton stops in Eugene-Springfield— KMTR, April 28, 2012
As state attorney general, Holton says one of his biggest focuses would be crime prevention. Holton says 85-percent of the people in Oregon corrections have drug issues, which need to be addressed. “If we want to get serious about the budget if we want to get serious about getting this right, we need to fund early intervention programs, we need to fund public education, and we need to fund addiction treatment programs,” says Holton. “We work together to try to prevent crime on the front end so we don’t have to deal with law enforcement problems on the back end that’s the way we should be doing business,” says Holton.

In the news: Justice and the Oregon attorney general’s race between Dwight Holton and Ellen Rosenblum — The Oregonian, Steve Duin, April 28, 2012
“This is the Oregon Department of Justice,” Holton said Thursday, “and I take the word ‘justice’ very seriously. When we make mistakes, we have to own up to them…The ethos that should permeate everything we do is that we win when justice prevails.” It’s hard to know how passionate Rosenblum is in this regard. Holton gave me an hour; Rosenblum gave me a written statement. She spoke about being “the People’s Attorney General,” whatever that means, and building employee morale.

In the news: Medford’s Mail Tribune endorses Dwight for Attorney GeneralApril 27, 2012
Holton says he shares Kroger’s belief that the Justice Department should be a high-profile advocate for public safety initiatives, consumer protection and environmental enforcement, but he says his management experience will make him a more collaborative attorney general. Rosenblum contrasts her long Oregon career with that of Holton, who moved to Portland in 2002. But Holton impresses us with his clear grasp of Southern Oregon issues, especially drug abuse treatment and prevention efforts. He knows the state well, and the people who work in law enforcement on the local level support him. Jackson County voters should make Dwight Holton Oregon’s next attorney general.

In the news: Prineville’s Central Oregonian endorses Dwight for Attorney GeneralApril 27, 2012
Holton, is clear that his number one job, should he be elected, is to enforce the letter of the law. As an example he has clearly pointed out that although he shares Governor Kitzhaber’s concerns about the death penalty if elected it is his duty to enforce the law as currently written. A no nonsense, law-and-order, kind of guy who has already demonstrated the ability to run a high profile position is exactly what Oregon needs. We urge Democrats to support Holton.

In the news: AG Race Stirs Weed Debate: the two candidates are not very far apart on the issues of both medical marijuana and possession of small amounts of weed — April 25, 2012
Holton says when he was the U.S. attorney he “heard from people in the medical marijuana community that they knew patients who could not get access to marijuana, and we know from law enforcement folks that medical marijuana ends up on the black market. So if we are going to maintain the integrity of the program and honor the will of the voters then we ought to look at making it better.”

In the news: Marijuana talk doesn’t need to be so radioactive – April 22, 2012
Something strange happened on the way to the May primary. Ellen Rosenblum became the darling of the marijuana legalization community, and Dwight Holton became the enemy.  The differences between the two candidates for Oregon attorney general aren’t nearly that stark. Yet the heat around this issue shows how sensitive it is to talk about pot in this state — even to acknowledge the glaring problems with existing marijuana laws. Rosenblum and Holton are both Democrats, former federal prosecutors and on record as supporting the intent of Oregon’s voter-approved medical marijuana law. Both say they have reason to believe marijuana can have medical value for people in pain. And both think Oregon’s law could be better.

In the news: Oregonian’s PolitiFact Gives Rosenblum Statement False Rating — April 22, 2012
“Holton has lived in Oregon since 2002, when he moved here with his wife. During his time in the U.S. attorney’s office, he worked with local law enforcement to address prescription painkiller abuse and to keep illegal guns away from domestic abusers. He reached out to Muslims living in Oregon.  It’s not as if Holton was sitting in his nice federal office keeping away from public safety issues important to this state. As interim U.S. attorney, he supervised the lawyers who represented the federal government in state courts in Oregon.  And we’re not inclined to repeat endorsement sound bites, but it means something that most of the state’s 36 district attorneys — all in the state system, last time we checked — have endorsed him.”


In the news: Oregonian Endorses Dwight Holton for Attorney General
— April 22, 2012
“Prosecutorial zeal isn’t enough. Neither is intelligence nor righteousness. To be effective, an attorney general must be able to inspire confidence and change minds. Dwight Holton has already distinguished himself as that kind of leader. Voters should choose him next month as the next Oregon attorney general.”

In the news: Watch Dwight and Ellen on KGW’s Straight Talk — April 21, 2012
Watch the only televised joint appearance of the two candidates for Attorney General.  Dwight demonstrates why he is the clear choice to be Oregon’s next Attorney General.

In the news: SEIU Endorses Dwight for Attorney General — April 16, 2012
“Dwight will bring energy, passion, and a proactive approach to the office of the Attorney General. We looked at his accomplishments and want him to continue his work as Oregon’s Attorney General.  We can trust that Dwight will continue to take on powerful interests and stand up for Oregon families because that’s what he’s done his entire career.”

In the news: Watch Dwight on KATU’s Your Voice, Your Vote — KATU, April 15, 2012
Hear about how Dwight will tackle mortgage fraud and foreclosure scams, continuing the work he did as U.S. Attorney for Oregon. Under his leadership, dozens of people who took advantage of others were indicted – cases that involved over 140 properties in Oregon with loans totaling about $80 million.

In the news: State attorney general candidate targets prescription meds
— Daily Astorian, April 10, 2012
“We were looking to stop things on the front end rather than deal with the law enforcement consequences on the back end,” Holton said, referring to his time as a federal prosecutor. “You have this tremendous capacity to do that in a statewide law enforcement job, and that’s what you need to do at the department of justice.”

In the news: KBNW’s Glenn Vaagen interviews Dwight Holton about why the race for Attorney General matters — KBNW, April 9, 2012
“If done right, it’s a job about leadership – it’s a job where we have somebody who understands that the job is to fight for people – leading public safety efforts, protecting people from scams and protecting the environment.”

In the news: Dwight Holton wants to be a proactive attorney general — Central Oregonian, April 10, 2012
For Oregon Attorney General candidate Dwight Holton, leading the state Department of Justice demands special attention to the word “justice.” “I take that word very seriously,” he stressed. If elected, the Democratic candidate intends to work on behalf of working families, senior citizens, and other vulnerable Oregonians. His specific plans include strengthening laws that protect consumers, combating substance abuse, and stopping criminal pollution.

In the news: Letter to the Editor – Dwight Holton for Attorney General — The Oregonian, April 6, 2012
Holton and I have been associated for many years, mostly through my work at the Portland Police Bureau, where I served as assistant chief of police while he served as U.S. attorney. Holton and I also worked together on many initiatives of the Oregon High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program and the Oregon Partnership, a nonprofit committed to ending substance abuse and suicide.

In the news: KEX’s Paul Linnman interviews Dwight about why he is the clear choice to be Oregon’s next Attorney GeneralKEX Radio, April 4, 2012

In the news: Other Views: AG candidate rides into PendletonEast Oregonian, March 18, 2012
Dwight Holton paid a visit to Pendleton on Thursday in his bid to become Oregon’s attorney general.

It wasn’t his first trip to Eastern Oregon.

“I’ve been coming to the Pendleton Round-Up for 10 years,” Holton said during a 65-minute visit with the East Oregonian editorial board.”

In the news: Dwight Holton, former U.S. attorney, expected to announce a run for Oregon attorney generalThe Oregonian, January 3, 2012
As a young assistant U.S. attorney in New York, Holton cut his teeth prosecuting murder, terrorism and organized crime cases. He joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon in 2004, prosecuting white-collar criminals and corporate polluters.

Dwight will bring the right experience to Oregon’s Department of Justice as Attorney General. He has 15 years of experience as a tough prosecutor and served in the U.S. Department of Justice as United States Attorney for Oregon.

Read below about some of his accomplishments that received news coverage due to his efforts to pursue justice, fairness and to hold criminals and corporate polluters accountable – all to make Oregon communities safer and stronger.

Dwight Holton named interim U.S. attorney for OregonThe Oregonian
For Holton … the rise to interim U.S. attorney followed a recent move in which he ascended to the job as chief of criminal prosecutions. Holton has built a reputation as a dogged prosecutor of environmental crimes and those perpetrated by white-collar criminals.

Police, prosecutors urged to use laws to keep guns away from domestic abusers – The Oregonian
As detectives investigated a domestic murder-suicide Friday in Northeast Portland, state and federal prosecutors gathered across town to learn how to use federal laws to keep guns out of the hands of abusers. “Just a few hours ago, a man and a woman were found dead, the latest victims of Oregon’s domestic violence,” U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton told police, prosecutors and victim advocates at the federal courthouse in downtown Portland. “Guns and domestic violence are a dangerous mix that’s killing more and more.”

Indictments in heroin overdose death meant to be a ‘message’ to dealers, authorities say – The Oregonian
Federal and state authorities say they want Thursday’s federal indictment of two alleged heroin dealers in connection with two fatal overdoses to send a clear message that drug dealers will be held accountable for people’s deaths. “To those who peddle these deadly drugs: Know that law enforcement is coming for you,” said U.S. Attorney Dwight C. Holton.

Fake smoke shop in NE Portland nets 77 guns, assortment of drugs in ‘Operation Kraken’ sting – The Oregonian
For eight months, federal agents ran an undercover sting out of a Northwest Portland smoke shop, buying guns from all manner of drug dealers, gang members and ex-cons. At a news conference, authorities revealed their haul: 77 firearms, including a machine gun and a sawed-off shotgun, and bags of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy, oxycontin, psilocybin and marijuana. “I have met too many mothers who have lost children to gun and drug violence,” Holton said. “I have met too many children who have lost brothers and sisters to gun and drug violence. The nearly 40 arrests and nearly 50 indictments that are a result of this state and federal operation are a downpayment on putting an end to that violence in our community.”

Shipper fined $7.25 million for dumping – Associated Press/The Columbian
A federal judge has approved a $7.25 million fine against an Egyptian shipping company that dumped oil sludge at sea, the largest penalty for dumping ever assessed in the Pacific Northwest. Robert Weaver, the attorney for the company, gave Assistant U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton a check for the fine that Holton delivered to the court clerk as the hearing ended.

Police, FBI say bomb plot over – Portland Tribune
Law enforcement officials involved in the arrest of the Pioneer Courthouse Square bomb plot suspect told reporters Saturday afternoon that there was never any danger to the public, and that there was no reason to fear that other plotters are active in the area.

Oregon U.S. attorney’s office staffers make an ‘It Gets Better’ video – The OregonianThe Oregonian
The It Gets Better Project began in 2010 in response to instances of gay teens who committed suicide after being bullied. Last week, Oregon’s U.S. Attorney’s Office became the first federal prosecutor’s office in the country to chime in with its own message of encouragement.

Mortgage fraud: Securing the heart of the American Dream – Guest Opinion: Dwight Holton, The Oregonian
The U.S. attorney’s office is leading a task force of local, state and federal law enforcement officials to prosecute mortgage fraud criminals. The initial results are solid: In the last three months, nearly 40 targets have been indicted, pleaded guilty or been sentenced in felony criminal cases. These cases involve 140 properties throughout Oregon, with loans totaling about $80 million. We’ve targeted the lending professionals: real estate agents, mortgage brokers and bankers – people who should have known better than to violate the public’s trust. The U.S. attorney’s task force will continue to pursue financial criminals, and the city will continue to work with community partners to assist those facing foreclosure. Together, we are on your side in the fight against mortgage fraud.

39 Oregon defendants in US mortgage fraud probe – Bloomberg Businessweek
A nationwide crackdown on mortgage fraud – dubbed “Operation Stolen Dreams” – includes 39 defendants and 140 properties in Oregon. Dwight Holton, U.S. Attorney for Oregon, said Thursday the 39 people have been charged, pleaded guilty or have been sentenced since March 1. They include a dozen people involved in the collapse of Desert Sun Development. “There are as many schemes as there are con artists,” Holton said.

Undercover operation snares 11 Clark County residents – The Columbian
In a Thursday morning news conference, the U.S. District Attorney for Oregon announced the indictments and displayed an array of weapons, many of which were stolen or believed to be used in the commission of crimes, were a sawed-off shotgun and a machine gun. “We have got to stem the tide of gun and drug violence in our community,” said Dwight Holton, Oregon’s U.S. District Attorney. “This long-term undercover operation is a down payment – and we’ve got lots more work to do.”

Prescription drug abuse ‘out of control’ – Mail Tribune
“Prescription drug abuse is out of control,” Holton said, noting that more than 1,200 Oregonians have died in the past three years. That’s five times as many as have been murdered. It’s not like heroin trafficking, for the most part,” Holton said. “It’s in the medicine cabinet. By the time the problem gets to me, the tragedy has already happened. It’s incredibly depressing. The good news is it’s preventable.” Prevention is easier than dealing with convicts or addicts. “This community is devoted to tackling tough policy problems,” Holton said. “You have a tremendous capacity to reach out to people on the edge and not let them fall off.”

Ship’s owners agree to $500,000 fine; freighter’s crew accused of dumping oily water overboard – The Columbian
A Greek shipping company accused of illegally dumping waste oil overboard promptly agreed to a $500,000 fine earlier this month in Portland. The speedy resolution of the case against Pacific & Atlantic is the result of the company’s interest in releasing its ship and crew as well as Coast Guard inspectors’ efficient handling of the investigation, said Dwight Holton, the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted the case. “There’s no sense to dillydally,” he said.

Man admits mortgage fraud: Robert Morley Brink, of Lane County, is one of five people to plead guilty in Desert Sun Development Case – Register Guard
Lane County resident Robert Morley Brink was one of five “financial criminals” to plead guilty Tuesday to lying in various ways to obtain bank loans for residential and commercial construction, according to U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton. “Mortgage fraud helped decimate the housing market and has effectively robbed many Americans of the dream of home ownership,” Holton said in a written statement. “We can and we will hold these financial criminals accountable.”

US Department of Justice asks for community testimony in investigation of the Portland Police BureauSkanner
In a statement released Friday morning, U.S. Attorney for Oregon Dwight Holton confirmed the bureau plans individual interviews with members of the public, as well as telephone and written testimony submitted via email. “Throughout the course of the investigation, the Justice Department will seek to determine whether there are systemic violations of the Constitution or federal law by officers of the PPB,” the statement continued.

Former Oregon bank manager sentenced to 6 years – Associated Press
A former Wells Fargo Bank assistant branch manager in Coos Bay, Ore., has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison and ordered to pay more than $625,000 in restitution for her thefts from multiple customers. U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton said 38-year-old Shawna Leimomi Saia was sentenced Wednesday in federal court.

After three-year legal fight, 10-year-old Hillsboro boy gets his autism service dog in class – The Oregonian
The Givens family and Disability Rights Oregon spent three years battling Hillsboro School District to allow Scooter to use his German shepherd, Madison, in class, including filing a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice. But it took Oregon’s U.S. Attorney to make it finally happen. The Department of Justice had spent more than a year investigating the case, which concluded after Dwight Holton explained to Hillsboro Superintendent Mike Scott that the district could face a federal lawsuit if it didn’t allow the boy to try the dog in school. On March 4, Scott decided to allow the dog into the classroom on a trial basis.

Amazing advocates: family of a boy with autism wins battle with schoolFamilies.Com
Now, finally, after a three year battle with the school district, Madison will be able to do her job and take care of her boy, although for now it is a trial period. U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton and a senior attorney from the Civil Rights Division met in January with the superintendent of the Hillsboro School District in Oregon to discuss the failure of the school to accommodate the family’s request for Madison to attend school.

Egyptian shipper to pay $7 million for illegal ocean dumping – The Oregonian
The company has agreed to pay a $7.25 million fine, the largest penalty in the Northwest for dumping at sea. About $2 million would go into an Oregon environmental fund that supports wildlife habitat projects. The deal will go before a federal judge in Portland today for approval. The company also agreed to an elaborate environmental compliance plan that requires outside audits of its ships and a court-appointed monitor to track its operations.

Waste recycler sent to prison for environmental law violations – Portland Tribune
Donald M. Spencer was sentenced by a federal judge Thursday to six months in prison and his company, Spencer Environmental Inc., will pay a $150,000 fine for violating environmental laws when waste oil and acid spilled into Johnson Creek after a March 2004 fire at the company’s former plant on Southeast Foster Road. The spill killed hundreds of fish in the creek.

Government sting nabs ocelot traders – The Washington Post
It sounds like an FBI investigation, but “Operation Cat Tale” is an effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to end the illegal trading of ocelots, a rare and exotic breed of cat worth $5,000 each. The reason this ongoing investigation is so important, Holton said, is that the sales create a market that encourages poachers to target the animals. “Part of the point of the Endangered Species Act is to end the commercialization of these animals to avoid poachers taking them from the wild.” This month, prosecutors announced they had charged five defendants from Oregon, California, Texas and New York with crimes related to the sale of the endangered animal.