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Likening his words to a ‘bully,’ judge dismisses Sen. Brian Boquist’s lawsuit

Sen. Brian Boquist talks legal strategy from his home office, where he has started spending hours each day learning how to draft motions for his lawsuits against Senate President Peter Courtney. (Aubrey Wieber/Salem Reporter)

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by state Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, that accused Senate President Peter Courtney and others of abuse of power and attempting to silence him.

Boquist’s lawsuit stemmed from last year’s contentious legislative session. He filed it in July after the bipartisan Senate Special Committee on Conduct unanimously decided that the senator would have to give 12-hour notice to Oregon State Police before entering the Capitol building over comments he made that were perceived to be threatening. 

During the legislative session, Boquist was one of 11 Republican state senators who walked out of . . .