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  • U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear ex-police officer’s appeal of Zehm case conviction

    Former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson Jr.’s legal battle to overturn his conviction in the 2006 death of Otto Zehm ended at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The nation’s …


  • Doug Clark: Thompson verdict is the gift that keeps on taking

    Think of the post-conviction phase of Karl Thompson as a big, colorful piñata that his Scheme Team defenders get to whack and whack at until it finally bursts open and …


  • Karl Thompson’s conviction upheld in Otto Zehm death

    A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld the conviction of former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson. The three judges denied claims by Thompson’s attorneys that courtroom errors following the …


  • Karl Thompson appeal argued in court

    Attorneys for imprisoned former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson argued Monday that prosecutors did not turn over important evidence before trial. Defense attorney Carl Oreskovich told the 9th U.S. Circuit …


  • Thompson won’t pay for Zehm restitution

    A federal judge rejected demands that former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson Jr. pay $825,000 in restitution to taxpayers and the family of Otto Zehm. Thompson is imprisoned in Safford, …


  • Supreme Court upholds new Strine trial

    The Washington Supreme Court ruled today that a Spokane County judge was correct in ordering a new trial for Spokane stock broker who was charged with vehicular homicide for the …


  • Thompson restitution challenged

    Former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr.’s attorneys argued Friday that Thompson shouldn’t have to pay restitution stemming from his criminal conviction for using excessive force against Otto Zehm. …


  • Thompson argues against Zehm restitution

    Former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr.’s attorneys argued today that a judge should not force Thompson to pay any restitution stemming from his criminal conviction for using excessive …


  • Attorneys: Judge frees spa owners’ assets

    Defense attorneys believe they won an important victory Thursday against a major investigation into eight suspected Spokane-area brothels that several months later has yet to produce a single criminal charge. …


  • Judge returns property in brothel investigation

    A judge today ordered the return of thousands of dollars in cash, property and other items to two people arrested last summer after a raid of eight suspected brothels in …


  • Doug Clark: Professor Pilgrim is back for another round

    Drop your forks, folks, and make ready for the sixth annual serving of Ask Professor Pilgrim. Since 2006, this forum has been devoted to answering Thanksgiving questions that an Iron …


  • Clark: Justice finally served in Thompson case

    It’s a good day, Spokane. There’s no snow in the potholes, the river’s still running and Karl Thompson Jr. is already ensconced in a federal lockup on the other side …


  • Thompson gets 51 months in prison

    After being handed a sentence Thursday of more than four years in federal prison – the culmination of six years of investigations, legal action and community soul-searching – former Spokane …


  • Thompson sentenced to 4 years in prison

    A federal judge today sentenced former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to 4 years and 3 months in prison.


  • Follow Karl Thompson’s sentencing on Twitter

    Check here for Twitter updates on the sentencing of Karl F. Thompson Jr., the Spokane police officer who was convicted last year of lying to investigators and using excessive force …


  • Thompson sentencing in Otto Zehm case set for Thursday

    After living free for a year as attorneys argued for a new trial, former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. will learn his punishment for using excessive force and …


  • Thompson divorce under feds’ scrutiny

    The divorce that enabled former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to charge taxpayers more than half a million dollars for his legal defense against excessive force charges is …


  • Bar owner pleads guilty to fatal crash

    Wiping tears and looking away as his victim’s family spoke, a Spokane Valley bar owner pleaded guilty today to vehicular homicide after he drove drunk and fatally struck a bicyclist …


  • Zehm detective feared reaction to video

    Previously sealed records show that the lead Spokane Police detective investigating an officer’s confrontation with Otto Zehm believed the convenience store security video of the incident would be “inflammatory” if …


  • Attorney seeks no jail for Thompson

    The attorney for Karl F. Thompson Jr. asked a federal judge today to give the decorated former Spokane Police Officer a “just” sentence that includes no imprisonment.


  • Prosecutors seek 10 years

    Federal prosecutors asked a federal judge late Friday to sentence former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to 10 years in federal prison for using excessive force on Otto …


  • Feds seek 10 years in prison for Thompson

    Federal prosecutors asked a federal judge late today to sentence former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to 10 years in federal prison for using excessive force on Otto …


  • Zehm defense presents case for retrial

    Carl Oreskovich argued Friday that former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. should receive a new trial because federal prosecutors hid information from the defense that could have won …


  • Thompson case: Juror claimed orders were ignored

    The alternate juror who claimed last year’s trial of former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. was marred by jury misconduct was unable to provide any specific examples of …


  • Alternate juror: case against Thompson ‘horrible’

    New documents released today show that the only person who raised issues about juror misconduct in the trial that convicted former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. was an …


  • Juror speaks out against Thompson attorney

    The forewoman of the jury that convicted former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. of using excessive force said in a letter to a federal judge that defense attorneys …


  • Juror claims Thompson attorneys twisted words

    The forewoman of the jury that convicted former Spokane Police officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. of excessive force said in a letter to a federal judge that defense attorneys have …


  • Thompson jury query to be opened

    The secretive query of jurors who convicted former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. will be made public after a federal judge decided Thursday to unseal court records. U.S. …


  • Judge unseals Zehm records from secret hearings

    A federal judge today opened the court files that he sealed regarding secret hearings held in Yakima to query jurors who convicted former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. …


  • Alleged thief arrested while awaiting trial

    A 13-year-old boy home alone came face to face with a man police describe as a “prolific burglar” after the thief smashed in a basement window Monday, authorities allege. The …

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