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Joseph Harrington has led the federal prosecutor’s office in Spokane for more than a year, even though no president appointed him and no Senate committee has confirmed him.
Joseph Harrington will continue leading the federal prosecutor’s office in Spokane with a slight change to his job title – from “acting” to “interim” U.S. attorney.
The former U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington could soon become the city of Spokane’s top lawyer.
Longtime Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Harrington will serve as the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington after Mike Ormsby was asked last Friday to resign by President Donald Trump’s administration.
New U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked 46 U.S. attorneys throughout the country to tender their resignations, including U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby of the Eastern District of Washington.
The U.S. Department of Justice agreed Wednesday to pay $225,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a female former prosecutor in what her attorney said was one of the largest settlements ever by that agency to settle a gender discrimination claim.
Three Pasco police officers who shot and killed Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a 35-year-old Mexican national in February 2015, will not face charges of federal civil rights violations, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced Tuesday.
The decision to promote Pamela DeRusha to first assistant U.S. attorney was made after criminal chief Aine Ahmed chose to step down from a management job, U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby said Wednesday.
The attorney for Jill Bolton, a former prosecutor under U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby, said his office could have avoided a discrimination lawsuit if it transparently provided salary information.
In an answer filed this week in federal court, the Attorney General’s office denies Jill Bolton was treated and paid unfairly because she is a woman.
Katherine J. Bolton, a former federal prosecutor in Spokane, has filed a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination in pay and treatment by U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby.
James Henrikson, the man who ordered the killings of two business associates tied to the oil-field business in North Dakota, faces four decades in prison after pleading guilty Friday afternoon. Henrikson admitted ordering the deaths of Kristopher “K.C.” Clarke and Doug Carlile, employing Timothy Suckow as the hit man both times. Federal prosecutors will seek a 40-year prison term when Henrikson is sentenced in December.
Three Pasco police officers who shot and killed migrant worker Antonio Zambrano-Montes in February will not face criminal charges, Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant said Wednesday. Sant announced the decision in a packed chamber of the Franklin County commissioners almost seven months after the shooting.
Admir Rasic, a Bosnian national who immigrated to the Spokane area, said it was "a feeling unlike any other" finding the words "Death to Islam" spray painted on the outside of the Bosnia Herzegovina Heritage Association of Spokane on Saturday.
Pasco police fired 17 shots during their fatal encounter with Antonio Zambrano-Montes, according to preliminary autopsy results released during a news conference Wednesday.
On Friday, the Justice Department will release its audit of the Spokane Police Department that began in February 2013. Follow our live coverage of the report's release, which is expected to take place at a news conference at 11 a.m.
Former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson Jr.’s legal battle to overturn his conviction in the 2006 death of Otto Zehm ended at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The nation’s highest court declined to hear Thompson’s appeal, which argued that the Yakima jury that convicted him of civil rights violations heard evidence that legally should have been withheld. That evidence concerned the crime Thompson suspected Zehm of committing before the fatal encounter.
Washington state’s permissive marijuana laws have been on a collision course with the federal government’s total ban for years. That collision could occur this summer in a Spokane courtroom as the federal government seeks convictions and stiff mandatory prison terms against the members of an Eastern Washington medical marijuana cooperative being called the Kettle Falls 5.
U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby is credited by witnesses with pulling co-worker Tim Durkin from the path of a Spokane Transit Authority bus at a busy intersection in front of the federal building Friday evening. “He would have been hit straight-on by the front of that bus,” said Natasha Shallbetter, who was driving downtown with her husband and two children just after 5 p.m. Ormsby and Durkin, an assistant U.S. attorney, were in the crosswalk leading south from the Thomas S. Foley Federal Courthouse across Riverside Avenue. The bus was turning left from North Monroe Street, Shallbetter said.