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Tue., April 13, 2010, 3:59 p.m.

Tankovich Hate Crime Trial Begins

The trial against three Coeur d’Alene brothers charged with threatening a Hispanic man has made it through most of the first day without the need for a judge to call a mistrial. Last week, the trial didn’t make it through the first witness before 1st District Judge John Luster halted the proceedings when Deputy Prosecutor Art Verharen played a tape of a 911 call where witness Julie Oliver told police that the incident was a “racist thing.” Today, attorneys for Ira G. Tankovich (pictured), 48, William M. Tankovich, 49, and Frank J. Tankovich, 46, were able to present opening arguments and begin calling witnesses before testimony was put on hold to deal with legal issues surrounding the wife of the alleged victim/Thomas Clouse, SR. More here.




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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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