"An assistant federal public defender was found dead in her Southwest Portland home, the apparent victim of a homicide, Portland police said late Wednesday. Nancy S. Bergeson, 57, a well-liked attorney, vigorously defended bank robbers, con men and drug dealers during about 18 years with the Federal Public Defenders Office in Portland. She was found dead Tuesday, a day after she represented a man in a tax evasion conspiracy case in U.S. District Court here." http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2009/11/assistant_us_public_defender_f.html http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2009/11/slaying_of_federal_public_defe.html http://www.koinlocal6.com/news/loca...l-Public-Defender/hQmLeLqzcE2jB56Tq6OuDg.cspx Our family has a strong interest in the way this case plays out. Ms. Bergeson has a close friend, Lisa Maxfield, also a Portland attorney. Ms. Maxfield is quoted in numerous articles talking about her friend. According to the quotes, they obviously traveled together and spent a lot of time together. They planned to spend Thanksgiving together. Ms. Maxfield, is the attorney who defended the young man who raped our eight youngest children. This is a tragic loss and very frightening.