Oregon settles claims by victims of released offender | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

By Catherine D. Bertram

The Oregon Department of Corrections will pay $6.4 million to victims of “Cowboy Mike”, a paroled offender classified by the DOC as “low risk”.  When Michael Braae was paroled in 2000, a state judge ordered the DOC to closely monitor him, but the DOC failed to do so.

Michael Braae went on a crime spree in 2001.  He killed two women, shot another in the head and left her for dead, and raped a fourth.  Police finally captured him months later after he jumped off a 40-foot bridge into the Snake River.  He is a suspect in two other murders and five other rapes.

The Oregon Department of Corrections has paid $13 million in similar cases in the last five years.

About the author:

Catherine Bertram is board certified in civil trials and was recently nominated as a 2010 Super Lawyer for personal injury law in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Bertram has 20 years of trial experience and is unique in that she was formerly the Director of Risk Management in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Bertram is a member of the bar for the U.S. Supreme Court.  She is a partner with the firm and lectures regularly to lawyers, nationally and locally, regarding trial strategy,  complex medical issues and other related consumer safety issues. She has also recently published a chapter in a surgical textbook.   She can be reached by email at cbertram@reganfirm.com or by phone 202-822-1875 in her office in Washington, D.C.