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  • 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, …


  • 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 …


  • Doug Clark: Justice for Zehm may finally come today

    The sentencing of Karl Thompson Jr. will supposedly take place in a Spokane federal courtroom this morning, proving I had it all wrong. Apparently, there is a limit on how …


  • 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 …


  • Vestal: Nothing is clear-cut in Thompson sentencing

    How much time should Karl Thompson spend in prison? How much would be “sufficient but not greater than necessary,” as the law requires?


  • Feds oppose delays to Thompson’s prison term

    Federal prosecutors appear to be growing frustrated with the ongoing delays that have kept convicted Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. out of prison. Eight months have passed since …


  • Judge rejects Thompson request

    A federal judge ruled again Monday that government prosecutors provided enough evidence to allow a jury to convict former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. of using excessive force …


  • Clark: Van-Tastic decision takes load off for Team Otto

    Everyone snap to attention. Please click your heels together as we offer an SPD-worthy salute to U.S. District Judge Fred Van Sickle.


  • EMT, medical examiner testify about baton injuries to Zehm

    YAKIMA – For the first time since the trial of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. began last week, federal prosecutors walked out of the William O. Douglas federal …


  • Clark: Thompson trial leaving out important truths about Zehm

    Let’s make believe that you’re on the jury in the federal criminal trial against Karl F. Thompson Jr. Presuming it ever happens, of course.


  • Courts validate police action

    Spokane-area law enforcement prevailed in three cases, including two involving allegations that officers used excessive force, Tuesday in federal court proceedings. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the 9th …


  • Courts back Spokane law enforcement in 3 cases

    Spokane area law enforcement prevailed in three cases, including two involving allegations that officers used excessive force, Tuesday in federal court proceedings.


  • Trial in Zehm death rescheduled to March

    The federal trial of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. has a new date: March 7.


  • Appeal delays Karl F. Thompson Jr.’s trial

    With a jury pool waiting in another room, a federal judge Monday postponed the criminal trial against Karl F. Thompson Jr. after prosecutors announced their intention to appeal his ruling …


  • Appeal will delay Thompson trial at least two months

    With a jury pool waiting in another room, a federal judge Monday postponed the criminal trial against Karl F. Thompson Jr. after prosecutors announced their intention to appeal his ruling …


  • No conflict in Otto Zehm case

    A federal judge decided Tuesday there’s no conflict of interest in how private attorney Carl Oreskovich has defended Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. in civil and criminal cases …


  • Defense can see Zehm’s mental health file

    A federal judge ruled Thursday in favor of the city of Spokane and granted a motion brought by the attorneys for Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to obtain Otto Zehm’s …


  • Judge allows access to Zehm’s mental health records

    A federal judge today ruled in favor of the city of Spokane and granted a motion brought by the attorneys for Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to obtain Otto Zehm’s …