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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

Spokane businessman acquitted of fraud charge in lottery winnings case

Scott K. Brett, of Spokane, was found not guilty of wire fraud Friday by a jury in Richland. He was indicted two years ago on a charge of misappropriating nearly …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 8:54 a.m.

Jury awards $75,000 to Hayden couple in ‘war on Christmas’ lawsuit

A North Idaho jury awarded a Hayden-area couple $75,000 last week, ruling a homeowners association was guilty of religious discrimination in a story billed as a “war on Christmas” by …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 4:02 p.m.

Trump administration: Court can’t suspend pipeline decision

Attorneys for the Trump administration said a federal judge has no authority to second-guess a presidential permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline as they seek to stop a lawsuit …

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 9:46 p.m.

Federal court recommends dismissal of homeless claims

A federal court is recommending dismissal of a civil complaint filed on behalf of more than two dozen homeless residents of a northwestern Montana Indian reservation in 2013.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 12:39 p.m.

U.S. seeks to quash lawsuit opposing transgender military ban

The Justice Department is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s moves to curtail military service by transgender people.

UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 9:36 p.m.

Man suffers seizure in court as federal judge wraps up arguments

U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush was forced to suspend court on Friday after a man suffered a seizure during the judge’s final statements.

UPDATED: Sun., April 23, 2017, 8:06 p.m.

With Supreme Court seat filled, GOP looks to lower courts

Republicans have put President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee on the bench, and they’re now in a position to fill dozens more federal judgeships – and reshape some of the …

UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017, 11:42 p.m.

Spokane cardiologist Romeo Pavlic to pay $300,000 to settle federal medical fraud claims

Spokane cardiologist Dr. Romeo Pavlic agreed Tuesday to pay $300,000 to settle a federal lawsuit alleging he over billed Medicaid and Medicare for tests he did not perform on developmentally …

UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

Feds accuse leader of Spokane’s Associated Industries of bilking $3 million from trust fund

Federal regulators accuse a pair of Spokane business leaders of secretly transferring $3 million from a trust fund set up to lower health insurance costs for 800 local businesses to …

Coeur d’Alene doctor knew nothing of Las Vegas stripper wife’s drug empire

Dr. Stanley Toelle’s money flowed freely to support the lifestyle of his Las Vegas wife, Loren. In a court statement, she says he had no idea she was involved in …

Federal judge denies injunction, allows logging to continue near Colville

A federal judge ruled against an environmental group Friday seeking an emergency injunction to stop a logging project in the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington.

Daughter of accused drug ringleader pleads guilty in Idaho to money laundering charge

The daughter of an accused drug trafficking ringleader operating out of North Idaho pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to conspiracy to launder money from illegal drugs sold across five …

Mother of slain 2-year-old will not be released from jail for drug treatment

The decision to release 28-year-old Lovina Rainey from jail to attend an unsecured drug rehabilitation facility in Coeur d’Alene while she awaits trial on drug trafficking charges was reversed Tuesday …

Feds get first guilty plea in Idaho drug trafficking ring

Federal prosecutors have their first guilty plea in a multi-state drug trafficking ring involving at least 20 people, including a Coeur d’Alene gastroenterologist, his wife and her children.

Court: Feds can withhold mug shots of criminal defendants

The federal government can withhold mug shots of criminal defendants from the news media in Michigan and three other states, an appeals court said Thursday, citing privacy concerns in the …

Oregon refuge occupier expected to change not-guilty plea

A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for a man arrested following the Ammon Bundy-led occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Coeur d’Alene wedding chapel suit ends in $1,000 judgment

A federal lawsuit claiming the city of Coeur d’Alene infringed on the religious rights of a small wedding chapel has ended with the city paying the owners of the business …

Torture case against Spokane psychologists may continue, judge rules

The American Civil Liberties Union earned a victory in court Friday as U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush ordered attorneys for Spokane psychologists Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell to cooperate …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 26, 2015, 9:47 p.m.

Gun rights activist found guilty of disobeying Spokane courthouse guards

A federal judge found Anthony Bosworth, an outspoken gun rights advocate, guilty of failing to comply with orders of guards outside the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse in February. Bosworth …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 16, 2015, 2:34 p.m.

Gunman, co-defendants in Carlile murder-for-hire plead guilty

Timothy Suckow, the man accused of pulling the trigger in the murder-for-hire of South Hill businessman Doug Carlile pleaded guilty to federal murder charges Wednesday. The agreement included a recommended …

Murder-for-hire suspect James Henrikson moved to Yakima jail

Accused murder-for-hire mastermind James Henrikson has been moved to the Yakima County Jail following a suspected escape attempt in Spokane last month. Officials from the Spokane County Jail, the FBI …

Thwarted burglary of WSP impound lot may have targeted drug-filled car

A thwarted break-in at the Washington State Patrol’s impound lot early Wednesday may have been targeting a car containing a pound of methamphetamine and other drugs. Investigators are seeking a …

Three-time bank robber pleads guilty in federal court

A man who robbed three banks in Oregon and Idaho pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Coeur d’Alene.

Large fraud ring passed bad checks, federal indictments allege

At least 29 people face federal criminal indictments for allegedly trying to cash fraudulent checks written on accounts for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Providence Health & Services, Kmart, a …

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 3, 2014, 2:09 p.m.

Woman breaks into post office to ‘play house,’ investigators say

A 28-year-old woman faces a federal criminal charge after authorities say she broke into a Spokane Valley post office early Sunday and swiped uniforms and mail from the locked facility.

Man gets four years for setting WSU apartment complex fire

The plumber’s apprentice who admitted to setting a fire that razed portions of a massive student apartment complex at Washington State University in Pullman will spend more than four years …

Didier drops Newhouse from lawsuit alleging campaign violations

Clint Didier has dropped his claims against the campaign of his opponent, Dan Newhouse, for Washington’s 4th District Congressional seat alleging election violations by volunteer Chris Voigt. Voigt is the …

Six men indicted in alleged Doug Carlile murder-for-hire scheme

Six men have been indicted on murder-for-hire charges in the deaths of Doug Carlile and Kristopher Clarke. The alleged ringleader, James Henrikson, has ties to the oil industry in North …

Two guilty in bank heists

Two Spokane men pleaded guilty to bank robbery charges in federal court Monday, more than a year after three local branches were hit in the span of a week. Charles …

Kimberly Jeffreys sentenced to home detention in fraud case

Kimberly Jeffreys, ex-wife of imprisoned developer Greg Jeffreys, will not step foot in a federal prison after pleading guilty to fraud earlier this year, a judge ruled Tuesday.