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P.S. Tankovich Verdict

Brothers (from left) William, Ira and Frank Tankovich await their verdicts in a Kootenai County courtroom Monday. The jury hung on all counts except for one count of conspiracy to disturb the peace against Ira. At far right, is defense attorney Dan Cooper. Alison Boggs’ SR story here. (SR Photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Question: Given the verdict in this trial and the previous mistrial, was this case an example of the prosecutor using limited manpower resources to pursue a long-shot case?

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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