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  • Serial arsonist gets a fiery rebuke

    A serial arsonist’s prolific criminal past earned him the wrath of a federal judge who on Friday sentenced the man to 10 years in prison. Anthony W. Sotin, 42, previously …


  • 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, …


  • Valley man sentenced for scrap metal scheme

    A Spokane Valley businessman, who converted scrap metal stolen by drug addicts into a cash fortune and a stable of exotic sports cars before being raided by the FBI, was …


  • Businessman dealt with stolen metals, hid transactions

    A Spokane Valley businessman pleaded guilty Wednesday to several counts of hiding financial transactions concerning the sale of stolen metals and agreed to forfeit about $1.4 million in cash, property …


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Lawyer defends roles in Zehm cases

    The attorney defending Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. spent a good portion of a hearing Monday defending the city of Spokane’s legal strategy. The attorney, Carl Oreskovich, told …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …

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