Clackamas County district attorney won’t charge Oregon Rep. James Hieb

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Republican State Representative James Hieb will not face charges for smoking at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds and a confrontation with deputies that landed him in jail.

According to a memo obtained by KOIN 6 News, the Clackamas County District Attorney is declining to pursue charges based on a lack of evidence and a recent change in Oregon law. Authorities had released body camera footage showing sheriff’s deputies and Hieb at the fair on Aug. 17.

“It ended with Mr. Hieb asking to be arrested and throwing himself on the ground,” Deputy District Attorney Bryan Brock wrote in the memo. “Mr. Hieb’s request was granted and he was taken to the jail.”

The sheriff’s office recommended charges of second-degree disorderly conduct, interfering with a peace officer and second-degree criminal trespass.

Brock concluded prosecutors could not prove the criminal trespass allegation because a member of the fair board who told Hieb to stop smoking did not tell him to leave the fairgrounds. Neither did fairgrounds security.

The district attorney also determined Hieb’s behavior did not rise to the level of creating a disturbance to qualify for disorderly conduct. Hieb’s arrest may have attracted attention from people at the fair, but Brock stated it’s “equally likely that they were reacting to law enforcement presence as much as Mr. Hieb.”

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