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Sirens & Gavels

Courthouse watch: 6.11.09

The Spokane County Superior Court docket was dry today, and even if there was something worth looking into, a civil case that wrapped up in Judge Greg Sypolt's courtroom would have surely stolen its thunder.

Closing arguments were this morning in a bizarre lawsuit in which family members of the late Jimmy Marks (left) accused Rosauers grocery store employees of unlawfully detaining their 11-year-old girl and calling her a prostitute.

It took the jury less than an hour to decide in Rosauer's favor.

Russell Van Camp, a Spokane attorney who has said he has a reputation for taking "difficult" cases no one else will, represented the family. Michael McFarland, a Spokane lawyer who also represents the Nine Mile Falls School District in the suicide cleanup lawsuit, represented Rosauer's.

Read Thomas Clouse's story here.

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