- Court: Oregon Court of Appeals
- Area(s) of Law: Criminal Law
- Date Filed: 10-26-2011
- Case #: A144109
- Judge(s)/Court Below: Brewer, C.J., for the Court; & Edmonds, S.J.
- Full Text Opinion
Defendant appealed his charge of first degree theft, after the prosecutor aggregated his multiple offenses of theft into a single charge. Defendant argued that the prosecutor's system of determining when to aggregate was not a "coherent systematic policy." The Court held that the burden to show either lack of criteria or alternatively lack of consistency in determining when to aggregate was on the defendant, and that defendant did not meet that burden. The prosecutor's system used factors in determining when to aggregate, therefore defendant's only recourse was to show inconsistency. Defendant failed to meet his burden to show that the aggregation system was inconsistent and the first-degree theft charge was upheld. Affirmed.