Stories tagged: U.S. District Court
UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 11:30 p.m.
Trump renominates Idaho Judge Nye for long-vacant federal judgeship
President Trump on Monday re-nominated Judge David Nye to fill Idaho’s long-vacant second U.S. District judge position.
UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:55 p.m.
White House agrees to renominate Nye for long-vacant Idaho judgeship
The White House has signed off on the renomination of Idaho Judge David Nye to fill Idaho’s long-vacant federal district judgeship, Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch said Thursday.
UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017, 10:57 p.m.
Judge exonerates veteran taken down for bringing service dog into VA
Shadow, the service dog, got her day in court. Her handler, 60-year-old veteran Danny Ralph, was found not guilty Wednesday on a charge of disorderly conduct stemming from his takedown …
UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Service dog dispute with VA police leaves veteran with injured shoulder, a bleeding dog and federal charge
Former Marine Danny Ralph didn’t get an apology from Veterans Affairs after a federal officer slammed him and his 8-pound service dog to the ground last summer during a visit …
UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017, 12:09 a.m.
Spokane police move away from assigning investigators exclusively to fraud cases
Fraud cases are now being assigned at the precinct level, rather than to a dedicated fraud unit of detectives, in the Spokane Police Department, a gradual shift that began five …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Federal judge sets records deadline in torture suit against Spokane psychologists Mitchell and Jessen
A federal judge gave a hard deadline Monday for U.S. government attorneys to decide whether they will keep some records secret about the relationship between the CIA and two psychologists …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 3:13 p.m.
Oil, coal train protesters in Spokane file federal lawsuit claiming climate change protections
Citing the climate-damaging effects of coal and oil, a group of protesters who were arrested protesting in Spokane last year have filed a federal lawsuit declaring federal control of rail …
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 5:22 p.m.
Spokane businessman pleads guilty to stealing $1 million in lottery winnings from Oregon woman
Scott K. Brett, 55, pleaded guilty on Friday in Richland to a single count of wire fraud after soliciting $1 million in lottery winnings from an Oregon woman. He faces …
Sun., Dec. 11, 2016, midnight
Carl Tobias: Senate must vote on Idaho judge
Because David Nye is an experienced, consensus nominee and the district desperately needs this judicial vacancy filled, the Senate must promptly conduct his final debate and vote.
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 3:46 p.m.
Idaho could be down to just one federal judge for another six months
Despite the best efforts of Idaho’s two senators, the lame-duck session of Congress is wrapping up without any confirmation votes on judges – including U.S. District judge nominee David Nye …
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016, 12:54 p.m.
Feds get first guilty plea in Idaho drug trafficking ring
Federal prosecutors have their first guilty plea in a multi-state drug trafficking ring involving at least 20 people, including a Coeur d’Alene gastroenterologist, his wife and her children.
Wed., Sept. 7, 2016, 4:31 p.m.
Blu-ray pitchman Erick Hansen receives 5-year prison sentence for wire fraud
Erick Hansen came to Spokane in 2007 with promises of building a digital media manufacturing plant in the downtown core. He left a federal courtroom Wednesday saying he had no …
Thu., Aug. 25, 2016, 3:06 p.m.
Federal ‘sextortion’ case sends child abuser to prison
A man has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison for blackmailing a 9-year-old girl into sending him naked pictures.
Mon., Aug. 15, 2016, 3:46 p.m.
Former trooper accuses Washington State Patrol of wrongfully firing him over brain tumor
A former state trooper in Spokane is suing the Washington State Patrol, claiming the agency wrongfully fired him over a brain tumor that impacted his motor abilities.
Tue., Aug. 9, 2016, 1:56 p.m.
Final co-conspirator in James Henrikson murder-for-hire schemes gets 8 years in prison
Todd Bates, 43, solicited the services of a would-be hitman in Chicago to kill Jed McClure, at the direction of James Henrikson, according to investigators. His sentencing was delayed by …
Wed., June 15, 2016, 11:06 a.m.
Spokane’s ex-police Chief Frank Straub resigned, wasn’t fired, judge rules
An appeal of Judge Thomas O. Rice’s ruling from the bench Wednesday morning is likely, Straub’s attorney Mary Schultz said.
Fri., June 10, 2016, 12:10 p.m.
Frequent felon ‘Strollin’ Nolan’ receives 4-year sentence for 2013 mail theft
Fred Nolan has already served more than three years of the four year federal prison sentence handed down Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Lonny Suko. Nolan pleaded guilty to …
Mon., June 6, 2016, 9:22 p.m.
Spokane City Council approves funds for lawyers in Straub case
Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart approved payments to the firm defending the city in a lawsuit against former Police Chief Frank Straub through mid-July, but asked that Mayor David …
Thu., May 26, 2016, 5:15 p.m.
Ferry County man who dealt meth and heroin at mountain compound will serve 20 years in prison
Jason C. Youker, 47, was arrested in September 2014 on charges tied to the sale of drugs on his property. Investigators said he was planning on constructing a compound in …
Tue., May 24, 2016, 5:29 p.m.
Henrikson receives life sentence in Carlile contract killing, speaks about abortion and drugs at hearing
James Henrikson, 37, was sentenced to at least two life prison terms for his involvement in ordering the murders of Kristopher “K.C.” Clarke and Doug Carlile. Henrikson did not apologize …
Tue., May 17, 2016, 9:23 p.m.
Warrant issued for North Idaho doctor guilty of selling narcotics
A federal warrant has been issued for a North Idaho doctor found guilty Tuesday of selling prescriptions for narcotics, including oxycodone and hydrocodone. Rafael L. Beier, 62, an osteopathic physician …
Tue., May 3, 2016, 1:23 p.m.
Judge affirms guilty verdict in Henrikson murder-for-hire trial
Defense attorneys argued unsuccessfully Tuesday that the evidence used to convict James Henrikson on 11 criminal counts tied to murder-for-hire plots came from unbelievable witnesses, and he should receive a …
Thu., April 28, 2016, 4:58 p.m.
Grand Coulee elementary school administrator accused of sex crimes released from jail
Nate Piturachsatit must remain on electronic monitoring and is barred from being with children, including his own, without supervision, a U.S. magistrate judge ruled this week. Piturachsatit is not in …
Mon., April 25, 2016, 4:36 p.m.
Grand Coulee school official pleads not guilty to child pornography charge
Nate Piturachsatit, 37, faces a mandatory minimum 15-year federal prison sentence if found guilty of soliciting explicit pictures from a Wisconsin teenager via Instagram.
Fri., April 22, 2016, 12:56 p.m.
Torture case against Spokane psychologists may continue, judge rules
The American Civil Liberties Union earned a victory in court Friday as U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush ordered attorneys for Spokane psychologists Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell to cooperate …
Thu., April 21, 2016, 12:10 p.m.
Citing security concerns, judge orders Western State Hospital escapee to remain in federal custody
Anthony Garver will undergo a competency evaluation at a federal institution, U.S. District Court Senior Judge Edward F. Shea ruled Thursday. Garver sparked a statewide manhunt earlier this month after …
Thu., April 14, 2016, 4:43 p.m.
Convicted child rapist Morgenstern will not receive new trial, judge rules
A federal judge threw out Craig Morgenstern’s request for a new trial Thursday after questioning jurors the former Veteran Affairs surgeon said were inattentive and biased during his February trial.
Thu., April 14, 2016, 1:45 p.m.
California man sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for distributing OxyContin in Spokane
Jamil Jones, AKA Batman, will spend two years in federal prison and receive drug treatment after pleading guilty to dealing OxyContin for an illegal arms dealer in Spokane.
Mon., April 11, 2016, 5:28 p.m.
Fugitive mental patient Anthony Garver mum during Spokane court hearing
The 28-year-old who escaped custody at Western State Hospital last week and was found in the hills above Spokane Valley said nothing during a brief court appearance Monday. He’ll remain …
Tue., April 5, 2016, 5:52 p.m.
Items found in shooting victim’s car in 2012 leads to 22-year prison sentence
A man shot in a gun battle on Spokane’s lower South Hill in 2012 was recently sentenced to more than 22 years in prison for the gun, drugs, explosives and …