Stories tagged: Karl F. Thompson
UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 5:34 p.m.
Harrington to serve as Acting U.S. Attorney for Eastern Washington
Longtime Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Harrington will serve as the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington after Mike Ormsby was asked last Friday to resign by President …
Thu., Aug. 9, 2012
Clark: Thompson juror deserves kudos for speaking out
Please join me as I declare today – Aug. 9, 2012 – Diane Riley Appreciation Day. You still have to go to work, of course. City garbage pickups will continue …
Thu., May 17, 2012
Doug Clark: Many wrongs, one big right in Zehm case
Repentance is a concept normally relegated to cathedrals, chapels and bar stools just before closing time. But on Tuesday afternoon, a downtown mediation court was the sanctuary where the city …
Sat., March 31, 2012
Feds dispute misconduct allegations in Zehm case
The U.S. attorney’s office on Friday said allegations of prosecutorial misconduct by a forensic videographer – charges that have indefinitely stalled the sentencing of former Spokane police Officer Karl F. …
Fri., March 30, 2012, 7:40 p.m.
Feds: Misconduct claims in Zehm trial meritless
The forensic videographer, whose allegations of prosecutorial misconduct have indefinitely stalled the sentencing of former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson, Jr., is depicted in new court documents as an …
Tue., March 20, 2012
Karl Thompson seeks new trial in Otto Zehm case
Former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. wants a new trial because an expert witness now claims a federal prosecutor bullied him, and he alleges for the first time …
Sun., Feb. 12, 2012
Editorial: Settlement with Zehms would let healing start
Mediation may be the beginning of the end to claims the family of Otto Zehm has made against the city of Spokane for his death at the hands of Spokane …
Sun., Feb. 5, 2012
Panel will review police policies, procedures
To understand why the Spokane Police Department’s use-of-force training is under a microscope, consider this disconnect: Although the state’s top police trainer concluded that the fatal 2006 confrontation with unarmed …
Thu., Dec. 29, 2011
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 …
Thu., Nov. 3, 2011
Clark: This time, the jury got it exactly right
It takes a lot to get to a guy like me. Many journalists hide behind a shield of cynicism, and I’ve had 37 years of practice.
Thu., Nov. 3, 2011
Conviction likely to bring changes at department
The conviction of Officer Karl Thompson could mean a significant shift in the running and politics of the Spokane Police Department, some city officials and police accountability advocates said after …
Thu., Nov. 3, 2011
Quotes regarding the Thompson verdict
U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby: “This is not an indictment of our entire Police Department and it should not be an excuse for any of us to ignore the good work …
Thu., Nov. 3, 2011
Timeline since March 2006, when Zehm was beaten
• March 18, 2006: Otto Zehm, 36, a mentally ill janitor, is beaten, shocked with a Taser and hog-tied inside a North Side Zip Trip convenience store by seven Spokane …
Thu., Nov. 3, 2011
Spokane police officer convicted of excessive force, lying
YAKIMA – His jaw quivering at times, Karl F. Thompson Jr. stared straight ahead Wednesday, showing nothing but a stern look as juror after juror confirmed the guilty verdicts they’d …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 2, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
Thompson convicted on both counts
A jury today convicted Spokane Police Offier Karl F. Thompson Jr. of needlessly beating Otto Zehm and then lying about it to cover up his actions.
Sun., Oct. 30, 2011
Doug Clark: There’s a stink in the courtroom and the hotel room
Karl Thompson’s version of what happened when he took down Otto Zehm sounds like one of those melees that are staple to TV cop shows. Barking orders. Officer-and-suspect squaring off. …
Thu., Oct. 27, 2011
Police training expert defends use of force
YAKIMA – One of the Spokane Police Department’s top trainers told a jury Wednesday that any situation could justify an officer’s use of force, even taking a burglary report in …
Tue., Oct. 25, 2011
Defense launches its case
YAKIMA – After nearly two weeks of critical prosecution testimony, defense attorneys for Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. opened their case Monday with a medical doctor who told …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 19, 2011, 8:23 p.m.
Three testify Thompson clubbed Zehm in head
For the first time since the trial of Spokane Police Office Karl F. Thompson Jr. began last week, federal prosecutors walked out of the William O. Douglas federal courthouse this …
Fri., Oct. 14, 2011, 12:11 p.m.
Officer said deadly force not required for Zehm
After the encounter that led to Otto Zehm’s death, Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson told an investigator he didn’t feel deadly force was needed against the suspect.
Wed., Oct. 5, 2011, 4:14 p.m.
Feds ask judge to keep Zehm trial in Spokane
A federal prosecutor has asked a judge to reconsider his Tuesday decision to move the upcoming criminal trial of Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to Yakima. But defense …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 4, 2011, 5:08 p.m.
Zehm trial will be moved to Yakima
A federal judge Tuesday moved the upcoming criminal trial of Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to Yakima after defense attorneys had raised concerns about the extent of local …
Sun., Aug. 21, 2011
Timeline of events in Otto Zehm case
• March 18, 2006: Otto Zehm, 36, a mentally ill and unemployed janitor, is beaten, Tasered and hogtied inside a Zip Trip convenience store by seven Spokane police officers after …
Fri., Aug. 19, 2011
Many things Jim Nicks didn’t do in Zehm case
Jim Nicks has taken a lot of heat lately, as well he should, for his role in the Otto Zehm case. Today, though, I come not to bury Nicks, but …
Tue., Aug. 9, 2011, 9:45 a.m.
Verner re-evaluating city stance on Zehm
Spokane Mayor Mary Verner today acknowledged that the city is re-evaluating its legal position in the Otto Zehm controversy after new court documents indicate officers violated departmental policies in the …
Sun., March 27, 2011
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.
Thu., March 24, 2011, 5:36 p.m.
Otto Zehm’s innocence not part of evidence, court rules
A jury likely will not learn that Otto Zehm was innocent of a crime when he was confronted by a Spokane Police officer in a fatal encounter five years ago, …
Sat., Dec. 18, 2010
Delay likely in Zehm case
The criminal case against Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. now has a slim chance of proceeding in March after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday …
Fri., Dec. 17, 2010, 7 p.m.
9th agrees to expedite review of Zehm appeal
The criminal case against Spokane Police Office Karl F. Thompson Jr. now has a slim chance of proceeding in March after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday …
Tue., May 25, 2010, 12:10 p.m.
Judge finds no conflict in Thompson defense
A federal judge has ruled that he did not find a conflict of interest in how private attorney Carl Oreskovich has defended Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr., and …