Nasons file for new trial
By Eric Dolson
Although acquitted of manslaughter and negligence charges after the longest and most expensive jury trial in the history of Oregon, Dennis and Diane Nason have filed for a new trial on the charges of forgery and racketeering of which they were found guilty on November 22.
According to David Glenn, attorney for Diane Nason, the motions contend that there was insufficient evidence for a guilty verdict on the forgery charges, and if the forgery charges do not hold up the racketeering charge must be dismissed as well.
Valerie Wright, Dennis Nason's attorney, said that there was never any evidence presented that Dennis forged any documents, nor that he "uttered" the forgery when delivering children to the Hope House, a home for children in Idaho.
"Just being out from under the charges of child abuse is a wonderful relief," Wright said. But still, the evidence does not support the forgery verdict, and she felt it was important to request a new trial.
Glenn added that he also filed the motions for a new trial on November 29 "to protect the record," in case the Nasons decide to appeal the guilty verdict or sentence, which is due to be delivered on February 6.
The Nasons have 30 days to appeal the verdict or judgment after the verdict is signed by the judge, Glenn said. If it is appealed, Glenn said the lawyers could face questions about why they did not file for a new trial if they felt the evidence was legally insufficient to find the Nasons guilty of the forgery charges.