Stories tagged: Center for Justice
Fri., Nov. 2, 2012
More police officer oversight sought
Advocates of greater police accountability are again pushing to give Spokane’s police ombudsman independent investigative authority. The Center for Justice presented a proposed ordinance during a news conference Thursday, noting …
Thu., Aug. 16, 2012
Police ombudsman to depart in October
Spokane’s first police ombudsman will soon be out of a job, and the city may be without a permanent replacement for several months. Mayor David Condon has decided not to …
Wed., Aug. 15, 2012, 3:31 p.m.
Burns out as Spokane’s police ombudsman
Spokane’s first police ombudsman will soon be out of a job, and the city may be without a permanent ombudsman for several months.
Mon., Aug. 13, 2012
Panhandling ordinance would hinder some nonprofits
Richard Henderson stood on the busy corner of Division Street and Third Avenue on Thursday, occasionally reaching into the street to accept a couple bucks from drivers stopped at the …
Mon., Aug. 22, 2011
Environmental, fishing activists oppose dock plan
The mood was better than anticipated when more than two dozenkayakers, canoeists and rafters set out from Plantes Ferry Park to protest 30 private docks proposed for the Coyote Rock …
Thu., Aug. 18, 2011
Landers: Board will hear challenge to Coyote Rock development
Every regulator with a clue seems to agree that plans to build up to 30 docks at the Coyote Rock development are a bad idea for the Spokane River. The …
Wed., July 27, 2011, 12:44 p.m.
Council could change ombudsman rules
Three Spokane groups are urging the City of Spokane to challenge an arbitrator’s ruling that the police ombudsman’s authority was improperly expanded. But the council could go the other way, …
Tue., April 19, 2011
City pays $300,000 to settle PCB claim
Spokane’s wastewater department will spend more than $300,000 to settle a claim alleging that dangerous chemicals were released into the Spokane River through city storm drains. Most of the money …
Thu., Dec. 16, 2010
Neighbor group sues over parking lot
The neighborhood group Families of Manito has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against the city of Spokane over a parking lot expansion at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church that was …
Thu., Sept. 23, 2010
ACLU argues city denied rights
The American Civil Liberties Union says the Spokane city attorney’s office violated the constitutional rights of a local attorney. In a letter to city officials last week, Michael Kipling, an …
Thu., Aug. 12, 2010
Summer program offers free legal advice in the park
For some Spokane residents who have questions about child custody or their rights as renters, the bigger question is whether they can afford legal advice. A lot of people in …
Tue., July 27, 2010
Lawsuit filed over jump from bridge
Attorneys have filed a $4.7 million federal civil suit against the Spokane Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff’s Department for their failed attempt to keep a mentally ill man from …
Thu., May 6, 2010
Spokane officer won’t have city attorneys in Zehm case
Attorneys employed by the city of Spokane will no longer represent Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. in the legal battles stemming from the 2006 death of Otto Zehm, …
Fri., April 2, 2010
Creek at risk, complaint alleges
On multiple occasions last year, untreated storm water from a north Spokane freeway construction site illegally spilled into Deadman Creek, a stream that flows into the Little Spokane River. The …
Thu., April 1, 2010, 3:20 p.m.
Center alleges freeway project is violating Clean Water Act
The Center for Justice’s Spokane Riverkeeper project is alleging that the state Department of Transportation has violated the Clean Water Act during construction of the North Spokane freeway.
Tue., March 23, 2010, 7:03 p.m.
County to pay $50,000 to settle suit in death of Trent Yohe
Spokane County commissioners approved a $50,000 settlement Tuesday in the May 2007 death of a Spokane Valley man who fought with sheriff’s deputies.
Tue., Feb. 23, 2010
Center for Justice loses lawyer
Breean Beggs, the self-described chief catalyst for the public interest law firm Center for Justice, announced his resignation Monday, citing both fewer financial resources at the firm and aspirations for …
Mon., Feb. 22, 2010, 6:17 p.m.
Center for Justice director to resign
Breean Beggs, the self-described chief catalyst for the public interest law firm Center for Justice, announced his resignation today citing both fewer financial resources at the firm and aspirations for …
Wed., Feb. 3, 2010
Groups criticize police oversight
A coalition of groups fighting for stronger police oversight said Tuesday that a new police contract shouldn’t stop the city from giving the new police ombudsman more authority.
Wed., Dec. 2, 2009
Group says it will sue city over river PCBs
Spokane’s antiquated sewer system is pumping polychlorinated byphenyls, or PCBs, into the Spokane River, contaminating the river’s fish and violating the federal Clean Water Act, the Center for Justice said …
Tue., Nov. 10, 2009
Air agency settles suit
The Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency has agreed to settle a lawsuit out of court for violating the state’s Open Meetings Act in 2006. The settlement was approved last week …
Fri., Oct. 9, 2009
911 call perplexes Zehm attorney
Among the details, court filings, and other developments surrounding the high-profile Otto Zehm case is a loosely related mystery that’s been downplayed by attorneys on opposing sides of the legal …
Thu., Oct. 8, 2009
Spokane police chief applied for new job
Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick on Wednesday downplayed suggestions that she is actively pursuing work outside Spokane, but she acknowledged applying for the top cop job in San Francisco and …
Thu., Sept. 17, 2009
Zehm inquiry continuing
More Spokane police officers could face criminal charges over the city’s handling of the fatal confrontation with unarmed janitor Otto Zehm, with newly filed court documents indicating a federal probe …
Wed., Sept. 16, 2009, 9:42 p.m.
More charges could come in Zehm probe
More Spokane Police officers could face criminal charges over the city’s handling of the fatal confrontation with unarmed janitor Otto Zehm, with newly filed court documents indicating a federal probe …
Sun., Sept. 13, 2009, 1 a.m.
Feds unhappy with city attorney
Federal prosecutors have grown increasingly critical of what they describe as questionable behavior by the Spokane Police Department’s chief legal adviser, who reportedly used his position to provide “traditionally confidential” …
Tue., Aug. 25, 2009
Thompson supporters raise cash
Friends of Otto Zehm wore small blue buttons that read “Otto” in support of the mentally ill janitor, after he died in 2006 following a struggle with Spokane police. Now …
Fri., Aug. 14, 2009
County broke records law, court says
Spokane County didn’t look hard enough for documents sought by a citizens group when it alleged nepotism in county hiring, a state appeals court has said. Now the county faces …
Tue., July 28, 2009
Bistro’s neighbors sue county
The county faces a new legal challenge over McGlades Bistro and Wine Bar, a Colbert restaurant at the center of a planning and zoning controversy. An attorney for the restaurant’s …
Fri., July 10, 2009, 6:52 a.m.
U.S. to pay cop’s counsel in federal Zehm case
A federal magistrate ruled Thursday that the federal government should pay for the defense of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. as he faces felony charges stemming from the …