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Wild courtroom brawl leads to jail time

A man who sparked a wild courtroom brawl last summer after he tried to flee when a judge order him jailed was sentenced to credit for time served Tuesday.

Micah W. Hasselstrom, 34, was credited for 111 days served in Spokane County Jail after pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree assault and one count of third-degree escape.

Hasselstrom was arrested June 17 for the melee in Spokane Municipal Court Judge Tracy Staab’s courtroom.

The fight knocked a 68-year-old woman to the floor, partially burying her under a group of lawyers and courtroom officials trying to control Hasselstrom. The woman badly injured her ankle.

She spoke at Hasselstrom’s sentencing. “I’d say the same thing to my grown child - grow up,” she said.

Hasselstrom, a union boilermaker and married father of four, apologized to the woman and said he never meant to hurt her.

“That’s a split second in my life I wish I could take back,” he said.

The escape charge stemmed from Hasselstrom failing to show up for a court date after posting bail. He turned himself in on that charge in December.

Past coverage: Municipal court brawl leads to arrest

Court on Saturday? You betcha!

Here’s Tom Clouse’s report:

“Spokane officials announced today that Spokane Municipal Court will begin hearing cases on two Saturdays a month starting in December.

The sessions, which will be held at 1:30 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of the month, will allow residents to seek reduced penalties for infractions if they can’t get to court on weekdays.

The Saturday dockets, which begin Dec. 5, will be used exclusively for mitigation, meaning that residents agree they committed infractions but would like a chance to explain circumstances and seek a reduced penalty.

The Saturday court is “an effort to provide better justice sooner and to be more attuned to the needs of our customers and community,” Presiding Municipal Judge Mary Logan said in a news release.

Municipal Court handles misdemeanor charges brought within city limits.

Similar charges brought in Spokane County are handled through Spokane County District Court, and all felonies are handled in Spokane County Superior Court.”

Jury: Boothe not guilty of assault

The jury has reached a not guilty verdict in the trial of a Spokane police officer accused of kicking a handcuffed man in the face, Thomas Clouse reports.

Lots of police officers stopped by to watch the day-and-a-half trial, including Karl Thompson, the officer charged in Otto Zehm’s death. The jury took just 45 minutes to reach the verdict.

Read Clouse’s story here.

Boothe trial could go to jury today

The trial of a Spokane police officer accused of kicking a handcuffed man in the face is expected to wrap up today.

Officer Rob Boothe is charged with fourth-degree assault after two officers reported seeing him kick a handcuffed suspect in the face who apparently wasn’t struggling to get away.

The case is both a criminal trial and a window into internal conflict in the Spokane Police Department, as Thomas Clouse explains here.

The victim, John Luna, testified yesterday.

The picture of him at the left, courtesy KHQ news, was taken by the Spokane Police Department after the alleged assault.

Rob Boothe trial begins today

Opening statements are set to begin today in the trial of a Spokane police officer accused of kicking a handcuffed man in the face.

Rob M. Boothe has been on paid leave since the alleged incident occurred Sept. 5, 2008, after several officers pursued a car theft suspect through a north Spokane neighborhood.

Michael Carbone, a Pend Oreille County deputy prosecutor, was appointed to the case and filed a fourth-degree assault charge in Spokane Municipal Court. (Read a story on that here.)

Private Spokane attorney F. Dana Kelley has since contracted with the city of Spokane to prosecute the case after Carbone went on leave.

Boothe is represented by Rob Cossey, the same lawyer who successfully defended now-former Spokane police officer Jay Olsen.

Reporter Thomas Clouse will be covering the trial, which is in Judge Maryann Moreno’s courtroom but is being handled by Municipal Judge Mary Logan.

Municipal court brawl leads to arrest

Chaos erupted in an unlikely place today - a Spokane Municipal Court hearing for a misemaonor no contact order violation.

A brawl that began when a man tried fleeing a courtroom this morning ended with the man, a deputy and three attorneys falling onto a bench of bystanders, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Read the story here.

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