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Fri., June 19, 2009, 12:28 p.m.

Spokane Asks To Dismiss Zehm Case

Item: City asks to dismiss Zehm case: Zehm’s actions cause of death, court papers claim/Jim Camden, SR

More Info: The City of Spokane asked a federal court Friday to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the family of Otto Zehm over his death in police custody in March 2006, saying the developmentally disabled janitor, not police, is responsible for his own death. In a response to the federal civil rights suit filed by his mother, Ann Zehm, assistant city attorney Rocco Treppeidi and Carl Oreskovich, a private attorney under contract to the city who also represents one of the officers involved in the case, argue that police acted properly in the north Spokane Zip Trip on the night of March 18, 2006.

Related: Otto Zehm died for our sins/Community Comment

Question: Do you believe, as the city of Spokane maintains, that city police acted responsibly and that developmentally disabled janitor Otto Zehm was responsible for his own death?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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