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  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • Doug Clark: Thompson’s day of justice might never come

    I wonder what ol’ Karl Thompson Jr. is up to today. Barbecue? Fishing? Golf?


  • Jury that convicted Thompson queried

    The same week Spokane city officials and the family of Otto Zehm celebrated the settlement of a civil suit stemming from his death, a federal judge held a rare private …


  • Otto Zehm family reaches settlement with Spokane

    The family of Otto Zehm will get the apology they sought for more than six years as Spokane city officials agreed Tuesday to settle a civil lawsuit against nine police …


  • Settlement in Zehm civil suit reached

    A $1.67 million out-of-court settlement has been reached in the civil suit against Spokane police filed by relatives of Otto Zehm, the mentally ill janitor who died following a violent …


  • Prosecutor compiling list of discredited officers

    Spokane law enforcement officials for the first time are compiling a list of officers and deputies who have a record of lying or who have been discredited while doing their …


  • Mediation set in Zehm case against Spokane Police

    A federal judge has set a two-day mediation session to settle the $14.5 million civil suit filed against nine Spokane Police officers by the mother and estate of Otto Zehm.


  • Otto Zehm case: Police chief says ‘mistakes made’

    For the first time, a high-ranking Spokane police official has publicly acknowledged that the department made troubling mistakes while investigating the 2006 confrontation that killed Otto Zehm. Interim Chief Scott …


  • Doug Clark: Layer after layer, Zehm investigation stinks

    I was a kid in my 20s when the Watergate scandal unraveled. (Note to young people: This was before Facebook and even bigger than Bieber Fever.)


  • Transcripts reveal officers were given three days to file Zehm report

    Newly released documents show Spokane police officers involved in the deadly altercation with Otto Zehm were given three days to think about the incident before writing reports detailing the 2006 …


  • Thompson request OK’d

    A federal judge Friday granted a request by the attorney for former Spokane police officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to allow lawyers to interview a government expert witness who claims …


  • City, Zehm family will enter mediation regarding lawsuit

    In the first significant step toward a possible settlement, Spokane city leaders and attorneys representing the mother and estate of Otto Zehm announced late Thursday that they will enter mediation …


  • Doug Clark: Thompson’s ‘responsibility’ stance tests justice

    And now for the latest in legalized leg pulling. Ex-Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson Jr. has “accepted responsibility” for pounding Otto Zehm to pulp in 2006 and lying to investigators …


  • Officer seeks lower sentence

    A federal prosecutor is objecting to a request by convicted former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to reduce his potential prison sentence on the grounds that he has …


  • Thompson seeks sentence reduction

    A federal prosecutor is objecting to a request by convicted former Spokane Police officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to reduce his potential prison sentence because he claims to have taken …


  • Judge postpones Thompson sentencing

    The upcoming sentencing hearing for former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. was postponed Thursday to give defense attorneys more time to investigate recent developments that might bolster their …


  • UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 5, 2012, 1:45 p.m.

    Ex-SPD officer’s sentencing hearing postponed

    The upcoming sentencing hearing for former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. was postponed Thursday to give defense attorneys more time to investigate recent developments that might bolster their …


  • Verner looks back at trials, triumphs

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner will leave office at the end of the week as the city’s longest serving strong mayor of the four who have served in that capacity. But …


  • 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 …


  • Zehm settlement elusive

    Despite calling for “all courses of action” four months ago to settle the civil suit brought by the mother and estate of Otto Zehm, it appears Mary Verner will step …


  • Juror: Zehm reports moot

    The forewoman of the jury that convicted Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. said none of the jurors brought information to deliberations that they picked up from media reports, …


  • Thompson juror: ‘This was a police coverup’

    The forewoman of the jury that convicted Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. said none of the jurors brought information to deliberations from media sources, as alleged by defense attorneys seeking …


  • Thompson quits SPD before disciplinary hearing

    Convicted Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. announced he is resigning from the Spokane Police Department one day before a scheduled interview for an internal investigation.


  • Verner seeks federal probe

    The entire Spokane Police Department could soon be under full federal investigation. Outgoing Mayor Mary Verner announced Monday she will ask the U.S. Justice Department to launch a “pattern and …


  • Tucker still mum on further action in Zehm case

    Ten days after a jury convicted Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. in federal court, Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker has given no indication that he will move forward in state …


  • New view of Thompson brings mixed emotions

    Karl Thompson looked like a whole new man. When he walked into the federal courtroom Monday, he wore yellow jailhouse garb – the blousy top a shade darker than the …


  • Judge delays decision on questioning Thompson jury

    A federal judge on Tuesday delayed ruling on whether jurors in the trial of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. would be questioned about television reports that might have …


  • Thompson released pending sentencing

    A judge ruled late Monday to release convicted Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. and could rule as early as this morning whether to bring in jurors for questioning …