Tyrone Powell initially had his bail set at $300,000. He told judge Marshall that he was "ill," so he was released from jail without posting any bail!

Powell agreed to "seek immediate medical treatment."

Of course Tyrone Powell agreed and skipped town. Long gone.

His trial is now in limbo and the judge has egg on his face.

Big surprise?

Oliver Warren


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Judges have to deal with the facts and evidence presented to them, and the district attorney has the power and the duty to give the judges the facts, evidence and law needed to make correct decisions. The jail is limited in handling medical issues and can be financially responsible for medical failures. What evidence did the DA give the judge to show the County should bear the risk and cost of keeping Powell in jail before trial?


The name of the Judge is William Marshall. He is an elected official.

According to previous News-Review articles (below links), Tyrone Powell was arrested on February 26, 2021. His bail was set at $300,000 by Douglas County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen E. Johnson. On March 31, Judge William Marshall ordered Powell to be released from jail under certain conditions without having to pay the bail. Those conditions included living in a specified location and showing up for court.

For the safety of the victim Janet Grosz, Deputy District Attorney Ian Ross had previously agreed to notify Ms. Grosz if Powell was released from custody.

This did NOT occur. Instead, she found out from a friend who told her she had seen Powell in the community. When asked about these claims, BOTH the District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Office declined to comment.

At his first court hearing, Judge William Marshall discovered Mr. Powell had violated his conditions by failing to live in the place specified, but chose to overlook this violation. The Trial date was set for July 12, 2021

A month later (below link), Powell was again cited for fraud after not paying for his stay at the Quality Inn in Roseburg, but was not jailed though again in violation of the conditions of his release.

On July 12, Judge Marshall rescheduled the court case to December 7, 2021 because defense attorneys needed more time to prepare. In reality, Mr. Powell needed more time to disappear and we now know he got just what he needed thanks to Judge Marshall who failed to uphold EVERY violated condition specified in Powell's release without bail.

Judge Marshall has served for more than a decade as presiding judge of the Oregon 16th Judicial District Circuit Courts. Maybe it’s time Douglas County voters seek a change.





The fallout from electing judges was on full display in the Rittenhouse trial.



There seem to be two choices regarding selection of judges, neither of which is perfect: appoint or elect.


If they are elected, at least you have the opportunity to remove the bad ones at the next election.

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