Multnomah County Oregon’s Deputy District Attorney, Charles Mickley, has a well established pattern of persecuting vulnerable families through unsubstantiated claims of Medical Child Abuse (MCA). He has developed a national reputation for litigation against a class of parents at a rate nearly one hundred times higher than any known incident rate of MCA by targeting vulnerable families forced to rely on the medical system to provide care for special-needs children with verifiable medical and developmental conditions. A pattern of ethics violations in these cases has risen to the level of malicious prosecution. The specific ethical issues outlined here have been brought to the attention of the Oregon State Bar Association and the Multnomah County Elected District Attorney, Rod Underhill.
On 10/21/2017, Trisha DeLaurent attended a meeting with DHS caseworkers during which DDA Mickley was also present. Trisha audio taped the meeting because she was without counsel, and she believed she was being subjected to illegal and unethical actions within the case. She also knew that it was within her rights to record the interaction due to her belief of illegal activity, and because DDA Mickley is law enforcement.
In addition to the ethical issues depicted in the video below, DDA Mickley informed Trisha DeLaurent that based on the State’s case, and prior to presentation of the defense, both he and Multnomah County Judge Susan Svetkey believed she was guilty. DDA Mickley stated in the recording that the case was likely “fait accompli”.
The definition of “fait accompli”: A thing that has already happened or been decided before those affected hear about it, leaving them with no option but to accept.
**FULL VERSION OF RECORDING SEGMENT FROM WHICH THE VIDEO EXCERPTS WERE TAKEN (play audio below):
Note: Assistant Attorney General Christopher Sanders was present at the second meeting when Mr. Mickley shared his new ethical stance in protecting the rights of Trisha DeLaurent. DDA Mickley had no such concerns when Sanders was not there on October 21, 2017. Other witnesses to both meetings include: DHS case worker, Christine Foley; DHS supervisor, Bob Gibbs; Trisha’s husband and stepfather to the children, Daniel Larson.