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  • Verner vows to seek resolution in Zehm civil suit

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner announced today that she is seeking “all courses of action” to end the civil case surrounding the fatal 2006 confrontation between Spokane police and mentally ill …


  • Expert: Officers caused death

    A medical expert hired by the Spokane police officer facing criminal charges over the fatal Otto Zehm confrontation is blaming other officers at the scene for causing the unarmed janitor’s …


  • Medical expert: Officers caused Zehm’s death

    A medical expert hired by the Spokane police officer facing criminal charges over the fatal Otto Zehm confrontation is blaming other officers at the scene for causing the unarmed janitor’s …


  • Doug Clark: Nicks’ exit is past due

    “ Give (Jim Nicks) the benefit of the doubt. Maybe the acting chief hadn’t bothered to carefully examine the evidence before running his mouth and handing Spokane a bill of …


  • Shawn Vestal: Truth about Zehm sure took a while

    It took just five years, 20 weeks and a day. But finally we’re hearing the truth about Otto Zehm from Jim Nicks.


  • Ombudsman backer cites Zehm case

    A city councilman is continuing his push to keep expanded investigative authority for Spokane’s police ombudsman, citing new disclosures that the assistant chief privately considered his department’s investigation of the …


  • City reconsiders Zehm strategy

    The Spokane Police Department’s second-in-command believes an officer didn’t follow department policy in the fatal 2006 confrontation with Otto Zehm, contradicting his previous statements. That revelation prompted Spokane Mayor Mary …


  • Key players and contradictions

    Use of force THEN: “The officers were definitely within the (department) policy. The officers used the lowest level of force possible.”


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • Appeals court upholds ruling on Zehm innocence

    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, …


  • 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, …


  • Appeals court hears arguments on evidence ruling

    SEATTLE – A jury should be told Otto Zehm hadn’t committed any crime before he was beaten by a Spokane police officer who claims Zehm was aggressive and defiant when …


  • Court asked to tell jury Zehm was innocent

    SEATTLE — A jury should be told Otto Zehm hadn’t committed a crime before he was beaten by Spokane police officer who claims Zehm was aggressive and defiant when confronted …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • ACLU argues city denied rights

    The American Civil Liberties Union says the Spokane city attorney’s office violated the constitutional rights of a local attorney. In a letter to city officials last week, Michael Kipling, an …


  • When police issue order, only legal choice is to comply

    Although the Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms, state laws passed since then dictate how citizens can legally carry and use weapons. Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker and …


  • Attorneys seek earlier trial in Zehm case

    The attorneys for the estate of Otto Zehm have asked a federal judge to set an earlier date for the criminal trial of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. …


  • Trial in Zehm death rescheduled to March

    The federal trial of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. has a new date: March 7.


  • Trial in Zehm death postponed to next year

    The federal trial of Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. has a new date: March 7.


  • Appeal delays Karl F. Thompson Jr.’s trial

    With a jury pool waiting in another room, a federal judge Monday postponed the criminal trial against Karl F. Thompson Jr. after prosecutors announced their intention to appeal his ruling …


  • Otto’s much-delayed day in court on hold, again

    Wouldn’t it be great if the judicial system moved as efficiently as it does in the movies? Take that great, old film “The Verdict,” for example. That was a highly …


  • Appeal will delay Thompson trial at least two months

    With a jury pool waiting in another room, a federal judge Monday postponed the criminal trial against Karl F. Thompson Jr. after prosecutors announced their intention to appeal his ruling …


  • Federal court hears Zehm case beginning Monday

    A trial that starts Monday in federal court is as much about the credibility of the Spokane Police Department as it is the officer charged with using excessive force and …


  • Zehm delirium evidence dropped

    After years of Spokane police officials claiming that Otto Zehm suffered from “excited delirium,” a defense attorney said Thursday that he will avoid offering any evidence or expert testimony about …


  • ‘Excited delirium’ theory barred from Zehm trial

    After years of Spokane Police officials claiming that Otto Zehm suffered from “excited delirium,” a defense attorney said today that he will avoid offering any evidence or expert testimony about …


  • AMR report could play key role in officer’s trial

    On the night of the fatal confrontation with Otto Zehm, Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. told a fellow officer that he’d hit Zehm in the head with his …


  • Judge postpones Thompson’s criminal trial by a few days

    U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle today postponed a few days the criminal trial of Karl F. Thompson Jr. It is now scheduled to start with jury selection on …


  • No conflict in Otto Zehm case

    A federal judge decided Tuesday there’s no conflict of interest in how private attorney Carl Oreskovich has defended Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. in civil and criminal cases …