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Judge Throws Out 16 Counts In Gambling Case Spokane Attorney Julie Twyford No Longer Faces Prosecution

A judge dropped illegal gambling charges against six Spokane residents Friday after finding they were “mere players” in latenight poker games. By tossing out 16 of 28 felony counts, Superior …


O.J. Witness Promises Not To Flee Associated Press

Defense witness Rosa Lopez. Photo by Associated Press


O.J. Judge Holds Prosecutor In Contempt But Lance Ito Drops Citation After Assistant District Attorney Reluctantly Apologizes

A furious Judge Lance A. Ito held an assistant district attorney in the O.J. Simpson case in contempt Thursday after an explosive colloquy at the bench in which prosecutors accused …


Nicole Died First, Officer Testifies Prosecution Unveils Theory On Double-Murder

Prosecuting attorney Marcia Clark confers with defense attorneys Carl Douglas, left, Johnnie Cochran and defendant O.J. Simpson. Photo by Associated Press


Experts Pore Over Evidence In O.J. Case For A Third Day

In a scientific marathon, experts working for O.J. Simpson pored over boxfuls of evidence for a third day Monday, including the glove found near his ex-wife’s body and the glove …


O.J. Too Stunned To React Normally, Defense Stresses Simpson Failed To Press A Police Officer For Details Of His Ex-Wife’s Death

O.J. Simpson’s chief defense lawyer labored Friday to show that Simpson failed to press a police officer for details of his former wife’s death not because he knew about it …


Adoption Case Twists

A case of adoptive parents who reluctantly agreed to return their 5-month-old boy took a twist Wednesday when a judge told them they should keep the baby. The biological mother, …


Simpson’s Blood Found On Rear Gate Of Condo

Prosecutors added a significant new element to their case against O.J. Simpson, disclosing that his blood was discovered on the rear gate of his ex-wife’s condominium after she and a …


Attorney Recounts Cocaine Addiction Suspended From Practicing Law, Nichols Testifies Against Two In Doughboy Trial

A suspended Spokane attorney testified Wednesday that cocaine addiction destroyed his marriage and law practice. At one point, he said, he believe he would be killed. “I’ve lost everything, including …


Father, Son Acquitted Of Plot To Kill Dealer Prosecutors Lacked Evidence Of Murder Plot, Juror Says

A Spokane County jury acquitted a man and his son Wednesday of plotting to rob and kill a drug dealer. Gerald “Mitch” Mitchell, 55, hung his head in relief as …


Man Will Stand Trial On Molestation Charges Sandpoint Man Accused Of Abducting 8-Year-Old Boy

An 8-year-old boy pointed out a gray-haired man in court Wednesday and told a judge the man had threatened to mutilate him if he didn’t take off his clothes. “I …


Policeman Defends Actions At Crime Scene

The first police officer on the scene of the murders in the O.J. Simpson case acknowledged Tuesday he didn’t examine a melting cup of ice cream or check the temperature …


Jury Gets Father-Son Attempted Murder Case Death Of Alleged Victim Forces Prosecution To Rely On Informer

Was it a father-and-son murder plot, as the prosecutor maintains, or a clumsy attempt at intimidation? Gerald “Mitch” Mitchell and his son, Gerald R. Mitchell, are accused of conspiring to …


Simpson Jurors Take Field Trip Extraordinary Procession Blocks Traffic, Attracts Throngs Of Curious Onlookers

1. Simpson 2. Attorneys walk through the murder scene Sunday. Photo by Associated Press


Officer Defends Way The Police Investigated Scene Of Murders But O.J.’S Defense Tries To Show Evidence Might Be Tainted

Prosecutor Marcia Clark and defense attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. look over printouts from the courtroom evidence system Thursday. Photo by Associated Press


Bloody Murder Scene Described Victim’s Agitated Dog Led Neighbor To Grisly Site About Midnight

The man who discovered the grisly scene where Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman lay brutally murdered described it Wednesday for the jury. “I saw a lady laying down full …


Group Pleads Guilty To Disaster Loan Scams

Eight people pleaded guilty to participating in a ring that fraudulently applied for millions of dollars in aid intended for victims of California disasters. The ring allegedly submitted more than …


O.J.’S Defense Questions Timing Of Murders

O.J. Simpson’s attorneys, attempting to undermine the prosecution’s estimate of when the defendant’s ex-wife and a friend were killed, Tuesday challenged everything from the accuracy of clocks to the memories …


Witness Describes O.J.’S `Bizarre Look’ Denise Brown Says Simpson Stared Repeatedly At Wife On Day Of Killings

Candace Garvey testifies Monday. Photo by Associated Press


Attorney Says Drug Suspect Was Framed

The man police say is the biggest supplier of crack cocaine ever caught in Spokane kept his dope on ice, a federal jury was told Monday. Darryl Jackson, 31, was …


Autistic Teen Won’t Face Trial In Baby’s Death

A murder charge against an autistic teenager was dismissed Friday after psychiatrists found him unfit to stand trial for throwing his 5-month-old nephew out a window. Michael Holmes, an 18-year-old …


Simpson’s Defense Team Fumbling The Ball, Legal Observers Say First Full Week Of Trial Appears To Have Been A Bad Kickoff For Simpson’s Lawyers

Much was made when Robert Shapiro, a lawyer repeatedly faulted for being better at schmoozing than at litigating, yielded control of O.J. Simpson’s defense to Johnnie Cochran Jr. Shapiro called …


Smith Pleads Innocent; Frier Improving

Seattle Seahawks rookie running back Lamar Smith pleaded innocent Friday to vehicular assault in a car wreck that left teammate Mike Frier paralyzed from the neck down. A pre-trial hearing …


Prosecution Goes After O.J.’S Image Officer Says Simpson Beat Wife, Fled Estate In ‘89

Defense attorney Carl Douglas refers to aerial photos during Monday’s testimony. Photo by Associated Press


Lack Of Blacks Forces Dismissal Of Jury

Too few blacks among more than 70 potential jurors forced a delay Monday in the murder trial of a black teen who claims he gunned down two gay white men …


Last Drug Bust Defendant Sentenced

Five months after a series of arrests, the last defendant in a major cocaine investigation pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court. Gregory S. Brebner, 38, pleaded guilty to eight …


Medlock Finally Gets Day In Court In Girl’s Murder

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Stations Offer Marathon Coverage

Television plans for covering the O.J. Simpson trial: Proceedings begin at 9 a.m. PST with a hearing to discuss various issues, including whether Simpson’s ex-wife Marquerite Simpson will testify. Opening …


Trial Ordered In Bizarre Case Of Lewd Conduct

Red-faced and giggling with embarrassment, a 14-year-old boy described having sex with his uncle’s girlfriend, while his uncle joined in. On Monday, the teen’s 13-year-old brother quietly told a judge …