Region: Judge to issue written ruling on restitution for Vancouver teen who ignited Columbia River Gorge fire

  • Source: Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com
  • Published: 05/17/2018 12:00 AM

A judge Thursday said he'd rule, possibly as early as Friday, on how much a Vancouver teenager should pay in restitution for sparking last year's massive fire in the Columbia River Gorge. The court received 11 requests for a total of $36, 631,687.10 -- an amount the 15-year-old defendant's lawyer called "absurd'' and "absolutely silly.'' The teen admitted in February to throwing fireworks in Eagle Creek Canyon on Sept. 2. One ignited dry bush and triggered a fire that burned 49,000 acres. His lawyer Jack Morris challenged the constitutionality of juvenile restitution on state, federal and policy grounds. He urged the judge to impose a "reasonable and rational'' amount.



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