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A three-judge Appeals Court panel upheld former Spokane Police Officer Karl Thompson’s conviction in the 2006 beating death of Otto Zehm. Thompson’s attorney argued earlier this month that federal prosecutors did not turn over important evidence before Thompson’s 2011 trial. Thompson is serving a four-year sentence at a minimum-security facility in Safford, Arizona, after a jury in Yakima found him guilty in 2011 of using excessive force and attempting to conceal evidence in Zehm’s death/SR. More here.

Factoid: Thompson is a former Kootenai County sheriff's captain (under Sheriff Pierce Clegg) and ran unsuccessfully for Kootenai County sheriff as a Democrat in 1996.

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