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Joe Harrington tapped to lead U.S. attorney’s office in Spokane for third time in a row

Joseph Harrington has led the federal prosecutor’s office in Spokane for more than a year, even though no president appointed him and no Senate committee has confirmed him.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

With no permanent picks from Trump, Sessions appoints U.S. attorneys in Eastern Washington, 16 other districts

Joseph Harrington will continue leading the federal prosecutor’s office in Spokane with a slight change to his job title – from “acting” to “interim” U.S. attorney.


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

Former U.S. attorney Mike Ormsby appointed city attorney by Spokane Mayor David Condon

The former U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington could soon become the city of Spokane’s top lawyer.


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., March 10, 2017, 10:43 p.m.

Attorney General Sessions asks Ormsby and 45 other U.S. attorneys to resign

New U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked 46 U.S. attorneys throughout the country to tender their resignations, including U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby of the Eastern District of Washington.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

Justice Department settles gender discrimination suit with former Spokane prosecutor for $225,000

The U.S. Department of Justice agreed Wednesday to pay $225,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a female former prosecutor in what her attorney said was one of the largest …


Feds won’t charge Pasco police in shooting death of orchard worker

Three Pasco police officers who shot and killed Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a 35-year-old Mexican national in February 2015, will not face charges of federal civil rights violations, the U.S. Attorney’s office …


Ormsby names new top assistant in U.S. Attorney’s Office

The decision to promote Pamela DeRusha to first assistant U.S. attorney was made after criminal chief Aine Ahmed chose to step down from a management job, U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby …


Attorney: Ormsby’s office should have provided salary info to avoid lawsuit

The attorney for Jill Bolton, a former prosecutor under U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby, said his office could have avoided a discrimination lawsuit if it transparently provided salary information.


Justice Department denies female federal attorney received unfair pay, treatment in Spokane

In an answer filed this week in federal court, the Attorney General’s office denies Jill Bolton was treated and paid unfairly because she is a woman.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 21, 2015, 2:38 p.m.

Female ex-federal prosecutor files gender discrimination lawsuit

Katherine J. Bolton, a former federal prosecutor in Spokane, has filed a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination in pay and treatment by U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby.


Carlile murder plot mastermind faces 40 years after guilty plea

James Henrikson, the man who ordered the killings of two business associates tied to the oil-field business in North Dakota, faces four decades in prison after pleading guilty Friday afternoon. …


No charges for Pasco officers in migrant worker’s death

Three Pasco police officers who shot and killed migrant worker Antonio Zambrano-Montes in February will not face criminal charges, Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant said Wednesday. Sant announced the decision …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 25, 2015, 8:10 p.m.

Man killed by Pasco police hit “five or six” times

Pasco police fired 17 shots during their fatal encounter with Antonio Zambrano-Montes, according to preliminary autopsy results released during a news conference Wednesday.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 19, 2014, 1:02 p.m.

Justice Department wants Spokane to improve how it investigates police force

On Friday, the Justice Department will release its audit of the Spokane Police Department that began in February 2013. Follow our live coverage of the report’s release, which is expected …


U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear ex-police officer’s appeal of Zehm case conviction

Former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson Jr.’s legal battle to overturn his conviction in the 2006 death of Otto Zehm ended at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The nation’s …


‘Kettle Falls 5’ case tests marijuana laws

Washington state’s permissive marijuana laws have been on a collision course with the federal government’s total ban for years. That collision could occur this summer in a Spokane courtroom as …


U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby yanks co-worker from path of bus

U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby is credited by witnesses with pulling co-worker Tim Durkin from the path of a Spokane Transit Authority bus at a busy intersection in front of the …


U.S. District Attorney Mike Ormsby won’t discuss marijuana

Though the nation’s top prosecutor said this week that regional offices should determine when federal charges should be filed in drug cases, U.S. District Attorney for Eastern Washington Mike Ormsby …


Hanford contractor CH2M Hill to pay $18.5 million for fraud

Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday a deal to have the world’s largest engineering firm, CH2M Hill, pay $18.5 million to resolve criminal and civil violations arising from a scheme to overbill …


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2013, 2:17 p.m.

Feds make deal to end fraud case at Hanford

Federal prosecutors announced today a deal to have the world’s largest engineering firm, CH2M Hill, pay $18.5 million to resolve criminal and civil violations caused by years of defrauding the …


Spokane police to get federal review

After years of controversy and calls for outside scrutiny, U.S. Department of Justice officials will arrive next week to begin reviewing police shootings and other uses of force by Spokane …


Huge turnout at Spokane forum on marijuana legalization

In one of the biggest turnouts in the state, more than 450 people packed the state Liquor Control Board’s public forum Tuesday night in Spokane to talk about Washington’s baby …


Thompson being held in federal center in Seattle

Former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. is in a federal detention center south of Seattle, at least temporarily. The Federal Bureau of Prisons doesn’t yet have Thompson in …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2012, 12:29 p.m.

Thompson now in Seattle federal detention

Former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. is in a federal detention center in Seattle, at least temporarily.


Thompson gets 51 months in prison

After being handed a sentence Thursday of more than four years in federal prison – the culmination of six years of investigations, legal action and community soul-searching – former Spokane …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2012, 8:51 p.m.

Thompson sentenced to 4 years in prison

A federal judge today sentenced former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to 4 years and 3 months in prison.


Initiative or no, federal law trumps state on marijuana

Suppose voters decided that they’ve had it with federal drug rules that make marijuana an illegal substance akin to heroin or cocaine, and they change Washington state law to make …


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 …


New federal judge hit bench running

Within a couple hours of the U.S. Senate’s approval of Thomas Rice’s appointment as a federal judge last week, Rice was whisked into a courtroom and sworn in to serve …