Perlow is Bad for Lane County, Favoring Certain Judges. Her Ethics in Question.

Lane Country District Attorney Candidate James Cleavenger could bring stability to the DA’s office.

Patty Perlow was appointed to the position Lane County District Attorney by Governor Kate Brown in 2015 upon the resignation of the previous District Attorney Alex Gardner. While this alone is not the only reason to vote her out, because of her pro-Kate Brown leanings, this reporter has personal experience with Perlow where she has been overly critical of officers in the county, without citing a law or precedent for this criticism.

Patty Perlow has received the endorsement of the Lane County Sheriff who is in uniform while endorsing Perlow, when this reporter checked with the state ethics board to see if this was even legal, The state ethics board informed me it was legal for the “Sheriff” only, not for any of his deputies or any other police officer in the county. Imagine being able to use a police/sheriff uniform to boost someone else’s political standing, dirty and slimy, but legal, but that is who Perlow is, I guess.


Lane County Judge Debra Vogt, the court’s chief criminal judge, characterized Mooney as being overly critical of police testimony in court. In February 2017 Judge Debra Vogt who was a long time co-worker of Perlow’s before becoming a judge was critical of Judge Josephine “Jodie” Mooney in a memorandum which looks to be in collaboration with Perlow, this came from an withdrawn accusation where Perlow was accused of meeting with Judge Rasmussen without the opposing counsel present, according to the “Register Guard” the 2017 complaint was withdrawn by an anonymous citizen, Mooney was said to have been critical of Perlow in the matter.

When Mooney was interviewed in March of 2017, she said that Patty Perlow and Deputy DA Erik Hasselman were in her office in late January to inform her that they intended to move to disqualify her from any and all cases handled by Perlow’s office. Mooney responded by agreeing not to handle any matters involving the DA’s office. Her workload shifted to juvenile dependency cases, although she said in March of 2017 that she hoped to hear criminal cases again.

On May 7th 2019, Governor Kate Brown appointed Judge Josephine Mooney to the Oregon Appeals Court, citing “Judge Mooney is a hard-working, straight-shooting trial judge who is passionate about her community, our state, and the rule of law,” Governor Brown said. “Given her judicial experience, keen intellect, and impeccable work ethic, Judge Mooney is well-suited to make an immediate, positive impact as a judge on the Court of Appeals.” Which damning to Perlow who was critical of Mooney, and cited that Mooney not suited to hear cases from her office, thus showing her judge of character is impaired.

My suggestion friends and readers is simple, let’s show Patty Perlow and Kate Brown how much we disapprove of their dramatic tactics and good ole boy ethics. With the slimy ethically compromised endorsement of the Lane County Sheriff, while he was using gear paid for by your taxes to promote a political candidate like Perlow is wrong, while not illegal it is morally wrong. We need above board debates and a moral candidate that is not ethically compromised, I suggest you vote for James Cleavenger.

Written by Stephan Ball

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