Edited by Rhonda Morin
This is the first in a series of articles about Oregonâ€™s mental
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Judge Marco Hernandez is speaking casually to a young man wearing jeans, a dressÂ shirt and a tie. â€œYou look nice today,â€ Hernandez says.
â€œI thought Iâ€™d come dressed decent for a change,â€ he replies.
If Hernandez werenâ€™t wearing a robe and sitting behind a courtroom bench in a PortlandÂ suburb, you wouldnâ€™t know that there was a hearing going on.