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Disgraced former Louisiana prosecutor sentenced to 3 years

A former Louisiana prosecutor who was accused of soliciting sex from at least 20 women in exchange for favorable treatment was sentenced Wednesday to three-years in prison after pleading guilty to an obstruction charge.

Called a sex predator, powerful ex-prosecutor faces prison

FBI agents were watching – and recording – when a powerful Louisiana prosecutor arrived at the apartment of a woman facing a drunken driving charge. Bringing two bottles of wine, Harry Morel sat on her couch, discussed her case, and then began to grope her, authorities say.

Wanted: Federal prosecutors willing to work for free

SAN FRANCISCO – For an aspiring prosecutor, a recent job posting for a special assistant U.S. attorney in Sacramento might appear perfect at first glance. It only required one year of legal experience, promised training in investigating and trying federal crimes and would put the successful applicant just a short hop from San Francisco’s night life and Lake Tahoe’s recreation.

Editorial: Don’t vote on death penalty

Rather than turning the death penalty into a popularity contest, the justice system should face up to the reality that it cannot be applied equitably and isn’t worth preserving.

Friends, families gather to honor homicide victims on national day

The friends and families of homicide victims gathered for a vigil Thursday evening, passing a box of tissues around the room as they spoke one by one, choking back tears. The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office unit that assists victims and witnesses has held the vigil every year on the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims since 2007. There have been 158 homicides, including vehicular homicides, in Spokane County since the start of 2007.

Spokane minister not guilty of hate crime

A local minister was acquitted of a hate crime charge last week by convincing a jury he was acting in defense of his home when he allegedly used a gay slur while throwing out his estranged son and another man. The incident, in which Derrick G. Moore, 51, physically removed the two men from a shower in his home, prompted felony charges of malicious harassment from the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office. One of the men received a cut above his eye in the scuffle.

Haskell: No comment on Richard Aguirre leak accusations

Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell said his office will not be releasing the details that led one of his deputies to accuse law enforcement in Central Washington of leaking information to murder suspect Richard Aguirre.

Spokane police officers won’t face charges in 2014 shooting

After an investigation lasting more than 15 months, the Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office announced Monday it would not seek charges against two police officers who shot a knife-wielding Aaron D. Johnson in January 2014. Johnson was initially charged with assault in the altercation that began at Truth Ministries, 1910 E. Sprague Ave., on Jan. 16, 2014. He was carrying a knife and charged at officers after being shot with a Taser, according to court records. Johnson survived his wounds, but his adopted mother, Sharon Johnson, said he’s lost the use of his left arm as a result of the bullet wounds.

Prosecutor: Officer justified in shooting at hospitalized inmate

Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell ruled Tuesday that a Spokane County detention officer was justified in shooting at a fleeing jail inmate inside Deaconess Hospital in July. Detention Officer Sandy Reif gave inmate Cameron Trevino multiple warnings before firing at him, according to a Spokane County news release. “He had used multiple reasonable means short of deadly force to prevent Trevino’s escape prior to using deadly force,” the release said. “He used multiple verbal commands, baton strikes, pepper spray and engaged in a lengthy foot chase.”

Police shooting of suspect justified, investigation finds

The Spokane County Prosecutor’s Office announced late Friday afternoon that four Spokane Police officers were justified in shooting robbery suspect Stephen C. Corkery outside a north Spokane home last March. Sgt. John Roys, Sgt. Kevin Keller and Officers Sean Wheeler and Art Dollard acted with good faith and were concerned for their safety and the safety of bystanders, according to a county news release, so their actions were justified.

Spokane County prosecutor ends bad-check partnership

Spokane County’s new prosecutor will briefly end a long-standing and controversial deal with a Missouri company that uses the office’s letterhead to target bad-check writers. But Prosecutor-elect Larry Haskell said he believes there’s value in the program and he wants to continue the partnership once he has staff in place to address ethical concerns. The county’s contract with the company, BounceBack Inc., will expire next month.