Sirens & Gavels

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011, 6 A.M.

Thompson juror alleges ‘police coverup’

The forewoman of the jury that convicted Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. said none of the jurors brought information to deliberations that they picked up from media reports, as alleged by defense attorneys seeking a new trial.

Diane Riley, 57, of Ellensburg, contacted The Spokesman-Review Monday to voice her concerns about allegations that jurors may have been exposed to television reports indicating Otto Zehm was mentally ill.

"I was presiding over this group of people. I could tell that none of them were being fed information from the outside,” she said.

Read the rest of Tom Clouse's story here.




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