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  • Doug Clark: Justice for Otto Zehm is close at hand

    Four or five other customers were ahead of me when I sauntered into the convenience store on Sunday’s sunny afternoon. No worries. Despite the Zip Trip name on the signage, …


  • 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 …


  • Condon fires city attorney

    In the biggest shakeup of his administration yet, Spokane Mayor David Condon on Thursday fired City Attorney Howard Delaney following worsening criticism of the legal office’s handling of a series …


  • Spokane Mayor Condon fires City Attorney Delaney

    Spokane City Attorney Howard Delaney, under fire for his handling of the Otto Zehm case and more recently its negotiated settlement to rehire an alcoholic police sergeant who fled from …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Thompson kudos cited in court

    A Spokane police officer who says he feared for his life after being threatened by a felon was asked in court Wednesday about supportive comments he posted on a Facebook …


  • SPD officer questioned in court about support for Thompson

    A Spokane police officer who says he feared for his life after being threatened by a felon was asked in court Wednesday about supportive comments he posted on a Facebook …


  • Body cameras considered for Spokane police officers

    Spokane’s elected leaders are ready to push for the use of body cameras on police officers to record their interactions with the public. The Spokane City Council on Feb. 6 …


  • Spokane leaders outline proposed police reforms

    The Spokane City Council has unveiled its list of proposed police reforms, including body cameras for officers, restored independent investigative authority for the police ombudsman and posting internal affairs investigations …


  • 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 …


  • Ex-chief justice joins police use of force panel

    A recently retired state Supreme Court justice has agreed to serve on a city commission examining how the Spokane Police Department uses force. The membership of the city’s Use of …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Thompson defense seeks new trial

    Defense attorneys for convicted Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. filed a motion Friday claiming everything from judicial error to juror misconduct in their attempt to persuade a federal …


  • Thompson attorneys allege misconduct

    Defense attorneys for convicted Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. filed a motion today claiming everything from judicial error to juror misconduct in their attempt to convince a federal …


  • 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 …


  • Doug Clark: Head-Crackin Karl can hum his own theme song

    One thing has been missing in our ongoing coverage of the conviction of police officer Karl Thompson Jr. That’s right, a parody song.


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • Judge denies request to interview Zehm jurors

    A judge has denied a request by former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson’s attorneys to interview the jurors who convicted Thompson last month of two felonies in connection with the …


  • Judge denies Thompson’s request to question jurors

    A judge has denied a request by former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson’s attorney’s to interview the jurors who convicted him last month of two felonies in connection with the …


  • 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.

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