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  • Thompson restitution challenged

    Former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr.’s attorneys argued Friday that Thompson shouldn’t have to pay restitution stemming from his criminal conviction for using excessive force against Otto Zehm. …


  • Thompson argues against Zehm restitution

    Former Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr.’s attorneys argued today that a judge should not force Thompson to pay any restitution stemming from his criminal conviction for using excessive …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • Thompson sentencing in Otto Zehm case set for Thursday

    After living free for a year as attorneys argued for a new trial, former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. will learn his punishment for using excessive force and …


  • Thompson divorce under feds’ scrutiny

    The divorce that enabled former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to charge taxpayers more than half a million dollars for his legal defense against excessive force charges is …


  • Zehm detective feared reaction to video

    Previously sealed records show that the lead Spokane Police detective investigating an officer’s confrontation with Otto Zehm believed the convenience store security video of the incident would be “inflammatory” if …


  • Attorney seeks no jail for Thompson

    The attorney for Karl F. Thompson Jr. asked a federal judge today to give the decorated former Spokane Police Officer a “just” sentence that includes no imprisonment.


  • Prosecutors seek 10 years

    Federal prosecutors asked a federal judge late Friday to sentence former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to 10 years in federal prison for using excessive force on Otto …


  • Feds seek 10 years in prison for Thompson

    Federal prosecutors asked a federal judge late today to sentence former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to 10 years in federal prison for using excessive force on Otto …


  • Zehm defense presents case for retrial

    Carl Oreskovich argued Friday that former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. should receive a new trial because federal prosecutors hid information from the defense that could have won …


  • Juror speaks out against Thompson attorney

    The forewoman of the jury that convicted former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. of using excessive force said in a letter to a federal judge that defense attorneys …


  • Lawsuit alleging abuse settled

    Attorneys for a North Idaho girl have agreed to settle a civil suit alleging she was molested by a man who worked as substance abuse counselor and coach at the …


  • Mediation set in Zehm case against Spokane Police

    A federal judge has set a two-day mediation session to settle the $14.5 million civil suit filed against nine Spokane Police officers by the mother and estate of Otto Zehm.


  • Con man pleads guilty to bilking investors out of $2.25 million

    A Spokane con man had such a good sales pitch that he convinced a physician and a lawyer to take part in his get-rich quick schemes. In the end, some …


  • Transcripts reveal officers were given three days to file Zehm report

    Newly released documents show Spokane police officers involved in the deadly altercation with Otto Zehm were given three days to think about the incident before writing reports detailing the 2006 …


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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. …


  • Zehm family feeling ‘shut out,’ lawyer says

    A federal judge will hold another hearing this morning after attorneys objected to moving the upcoming criminal trial of Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. to Yakima. U.S. District …


  • City’s FAQ answers challenged

    Spokane city leaders are continuing to mislead the public about the fatal Otto Zehm confrontation, new court documents suggest. Federal authorities say city officials provided “patently false” information in a …


  • Second officer under investigation in Zehm case identified

    With the excessive force trial of a Spokane police officer less than a month away, the identity of a second officer under active federal investigation in connection with the fatal …


  • Officer under federal investigation in Zehm case identified

    With the excessive force trial of a Spokane Police officer less than a month away, the identity of a second officer under active federal investigation in connection with the fatal …


  • Thompson wants trial moved

    The attorney representing Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. filed a motion Thursday asking a federal judge to move the upcoming trial because of “intense” media coverage and because …


  • Thompson attorney wants Zehm trial moved

    The attorney representing Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. filed a motion today asking a federal judge to move the upcoming Oct. 11 trial because of “intense” media coverage …


  • Feds sought meetings with city leaders on Zehm case in 2009

    U.S. Department of Justice officials two years ago had significant enough “ethical concerns” with the city of Spokane’s legal department that they asked to meet with Mayor Mary Verner, police …

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