January 07, 2011

Professor Yin offers legal analysis of two bomb cases in Oregon

Professor Tung Yin offers legal expertisefor local and national media outlets covering two bomb-related cases in Oregon.
  • Law professor Tung Yin

Law professor Tung Yin has been serving as a legal expert for local and national media outlets in ongoing coverage of two separate bomb-related cases in Oregon.

Yin’s scholarly work focuses primarily on domestic legal issues arising out of the United States’ military and prosecutorial responses to the 9/11 attacks, and he teaches courses in national security law, criminal law, and criminal procedure.

On December 22, 2010, a jury found a father and son, Bruce and Joshua Turnidge, guilty of killing two police officers in a 2008 bank bombing in Woodburn, Oregon, and called for the death penalty. In this news story, Yin discusses the challenges of carrying out death sentences in Oregon given the citizenry’s conflicting positions on the penalty.

KGW, Dec. 22: Live @ 7, “The Death Penalty Question”

Yin has also brought his expertise to bear on the case of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a teenager accused of plotting to detonate a bomb at a tree-lighting ceremony in downtown Portland on November 26. 

Most recently, Yin appeared on an Oregon Public Broadcasting program devoted to addressing why the term “terrorism” has been applied to the Portland plot, but not the Woodburn case.

OPB, Dec. 21: Think Out Loud, “Contrasting Coverage”

Read more of Yin’s commentary on the Mohamud case in previous media coverage.