Stories tagged: Otto Zehm
Mon., May 24, 2010, 5:32 p.m.
Spokane’s legal strategy in Zehm case defended
The attorney trying to defend Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. spent a good portion of a hearing today defending the City of Spokane’s legal strategy for how it gathered information …
Sun., May 23, 2010, 2 a.m.
Council to consider plan for stronger ombudsman
An effort to expand the powers of the city of Spokane’s police ombudsman may go before the City Council on Monday night. The proposed ordinance would allow Ombudsman Tim Burns …
Sat., May 15, 2010
Second officer faces charges in Zehm case
A second Spokane police officer has received a letter indicating that federal prosecutors intend to seek further charges in connection with the Otto Zehm investigation. Spokane attorney Rob Cossey said …
Thu., May 13, 2010
For limited judgment, for a limited time
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Sun., May 9, 2010
Smart Bombs: Incarceration wave hits U.S.
In debating the price and necessity of jails (see the opposite page), it helps to know the national context. With the spending surge on criminal justice since the 1990s, you’d …
Sat., May 8, 2010
Officer accused of using divorce to hide assets
Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. divorced his wife to shield his assets and force taxpayers to foot the bill for his criminal defense, the federal prosecutor in the …
Fri., May 7, 2010, 5:32 p.m.
Prosecutor alleges police officer’s divorce was fraudulent
Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. divorced his wife to shield his assets and force taxpayers to foot the bill for his criminal defense, the federal prosecutor in the …
Thu., May 6, 2010
Spokane officer won’t have city attorneys in Zehm case
Attorneys employed by the city of Spokane will no longer represent Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. in the legal battles stemming from the 2006 death of Otto Zehm, …
Thu., May 6, 2010
Judge to rule on request to bar evidence
The attorney representing police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. has asked a federal judge to exclude any evidence that Otto Zehm had not committed a crime on the night of …
Wed., May 5, 2010, 5:53 p.m.
City attorneys no longer will represent Thompson
Attorneys employed by the city of Spokane no longer will represent Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. in the legal battles stemming from the 2006 death of Otto Zehm, …
Thu., April 22, 2010
When it comes to cop shenanigans, answers often lacking
There’s been so much crazy cop news around here lately that it’s hard to keep track of the mayhem. So I designed today’s helpful quiz as a way to test …
Wed., April 21, 2010
Charge stands in Zehm case
Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr., accused of lying to investigators over the fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm, unsuccessfully sought to get the charge dismissed Tuesday, arguing that he …
Tue., April 20, 2010, 7:56 p.m.
Judge refuses to dismiss lying charge against Thompson
Otto Zehm, U.S. District Judge Fred Van Sickle, Karl F. Thompson Jr., Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Durkin, Carl Oreskovich, Mayor Mary Verner; Terry Ferguson; Mark Burbridge; Victor Boutros; U.S. Department …
Thu., April 15, 2010
Zehm grand jury to hear evidence police changed testimony
Allegations of a cover-up by Spokane police officers over their handling of the fatal Otto Zehm confrontation and the department’s 2006 investigation of the case are being presented to a …
Fri., March 26, 2010
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 …
Thu., March 25, 2010, 6:57 p.m.
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 …
Thu., March 25, 2010
Everything slips past city’s finest
Cpl. Clark returns to address your concerns about cops, courts and crime. Q: Every time I pick up the newspaper I see something about excited delirium. What the heck is …
Sat., March 20, 2010
Lawyer defends Zehm handling
A lawyer representing the city of Spokane argued for the first time Friday that Otto Zehm was suffering from “excited delirium” before his 2006 confrontation with police, making it a …
Fri., March 19, 2010, 1:56 p.m.
Lawyer: Zehm in ‘excited delirium’ before police arrived
A lawyer for the City of Spokane argued today that Otto Zehm was suffering from “excited delirium” before the 2006 encounter with Spokane police that led to his death, causing …
Fri., March 19, 2010
Rally marks anniversary of Zehm altercation
About 40 people chanted and held signs Thursday to remember the fourth anniversary of the confrontation with Spokane police that left unarmed shopper Otto Zehm fatally injured. The gathering was …
Thu., March 18, 2010, 5 p.m.
Rally marks 4th anniversary of Zehm confrontation
About 40 people chanted and held signs Thursday to remember the fourth anniversary of the confrontation with Spokane police that left unarmed shopper Otto Zehm fatally injured.
Thu., March 18, 2010
Four years later, let’s not forget Otto Zehm
Today is the fourth anniversary of that sad and violent encounter between Otto Zehm and the Spokane cops. Hard to believe, huh?
Tue., Feb. 23, 2010
Center for Justice loses lawyer
Breean Beggs, the self-described chief catalyst for the public interest law firm Center for Justice, announced his resignation Monday, citing both fewer financial resources at the firm and aspirations for …
Sat., Oct. 31, 2009
City says Zehm 911 recording was mislabeled
A woman describing Otto Zehm as “on something” to an emergency dispatcher can be heard on a video compilation released by police in October 2006, but not on an audio …
Tue., Oct. 27, 2009
When official voices obfuscate, a little translation clarifies
Once again, doubt is being raised about the “official” facts regarding Otto Zehm, the mentally ill janitor who died following a violent 2006 encounter with cops in a Spokane convenience …
Thu., Oct. 22, 2009
Work on federal suit must wait, judge rules
Most of the legal preparations for a federal lawsuit against the city over the death of Otto Zehm will be put on hold until the criminal trial against a Spokane …
Wed., Oct. 21, 2009, 11:23 a.m.
Taser issues advisory on use of stun guns
Taser International is advising police agencies across the nation not to shoot its stun guns at a suspect’s chest. The Arizona-based company says such action poses a risk — albeit …
Fri., Oct. 9, 2009
911 call perplexes Zehm attorney
Among the details, court filings, and other developments surrounding the high-profile Otto Zehm case is a loosely related mystery that’s been downplayed by attorneys on opposing sides of the legal …
Thu., Sept. 24, 2009
Zehm’s mother can give statement, judge rules
The ailing mother of a man who died after being struck, Tasered and hogtied by Spokane police officers should have a chance to have her statement preserved for a civil …
Wed., Sept. 23, 2009
Police reject allegations by federal prosecutors
Attorneys representing Spokane police in the Otto Zehm lawsuit launched a counterattack Tuesday against suggestions by federal prosecutors that they withheld information about the fatal confrontation in 2006. Sworn statements …