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With video conferencing, courts are trying to fit an in-person process into a no-contact world and trying to balance justice with safety in unprecedented ways.
A woman who fought off felony vehicular homicide charges after successfully arguing that Washington State Patrol troopers made false statements to obtain search warrants is now suing the state agency in federal court.
Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Judge Charnelle Bjelkengren to Spokane Superior Court on Wednesday, filling a spot left vacant by Judge James Triplett who died last year.
Rachel Dolezal made her first public appearance in court Wednesday morning on accusations of stealing from the Washington welfare system.
Rachel Dolezal pleaded not guilty last week to charges of welfare fraud.
A judge sentenced Dwayne Thurman to five years in prison Thursday morning in the shooting death of his wife, Brenda Thurman, while he was cleaning her gun at home.
The civil side of a bizarre case involving prominent Spokane developer Harlan Douglass and one of his closest employees came to a close Wednesday afternoon, when 26-year-old Bryan Reilly was found liable for almost $1 million in damages.
Trial began Tuesday for an Idaho bounty hunter accused of violently apprehending two people in a Spokane motel room in late 2016.
The race for a Spokane County Superior Court judgeship is partly about the race itself. Jocelyn Cook, who is vying to unseat incumbent Judge Tony Hazel in the November election, argues that the process of voting for a judge – an elected official who should be impartial and devoid of party affiliation – is a deeply flawed procedure.
Carrah Goble, who was arrested in 2015 for the death of a man while drunken driving the wrong way on Interstate 90, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Spokane Superior Court to vehicular homicide.
Just before the expiration of the three-year statute of limitations, the family of Danny Jones, the 40-year-old man shot and killed in his truck outside the Salvation Army housing center in north Spokane, sued the city for wrongful death.
An Airway Heights Correction Center inmate has been granted a new trial by the Washington Appeals Court, who said his 2006 conviction on a child rape charge violated his constitutional right to an open trial.
The City of Spokane legally extended a property tax exemption to about 4,700 residents in the wake of rising bills following the passage of a road levy by voters in November, a Spokane judge has ruled.
The 28-year-old man who killed his girlfriend and then attempted to dispose of her body using a weak acid will spend 14 years in prison if a judge accepts the plea deal agreed to Monday. Jason Hart pleaded guilty to strangling Regan Jolley in June 2013.
A Spokane jury took less than a full afternoon to convict scuba instructor Daniel Arteaga of murdering his girlfriend, Kimberly Schmidt, on New Year’s Day 2012. “There is no closure, because she is gone,” said Schmidt’s mother, Toni Schmidt, surrounded by tearful friends and family members after Wednesday’s verdict. Toni Schmidt discovered her daughter’s body in a Spokane Valley home while on the phone with Arteaga.
Gail Gerlach will go before a jury this week, facing up to a decade in prison on a manslaughter charge accusing him of shooting dead a man who had stolen his car out of his driveway. Gerlach, 57, fired a single round from his handgun through the back window of his 1997 Chevrolet Suburban on the morning of March 25, 2013. The bullet struck the driver, 25-year-old Brendon Kaluza-Graham, in the back of his head just above the hairline, severing his spine and killing him “almost instantly,” according to a medical examiner’s report.
A convicted felon who police said has twice attempted to conceal firearms he carried from law enforcement will be back in Spokane Superior Court this afternoon. Jacob Peckham, 26, has already been sentenced to 5 years in federal prison.
A woman suspected of killing three prostitutes in 1990 when she lived as a man in Spokane denies she committed the homicides as a woman, but hedged during an interrogation about the guilt of the man she had been before a sex-change operation. Donna Perry, 63, declined a first appearance in a Spokane courtroom Monday after being extradited from Texas, where she was being held on federal firearms charges. Perry, who was once known as Douglas Perry, has been connected by police to a string of slain prostitutes shot and left by the Spokane River in various degrees of undress between February and May 1990.
A 51-year-old man who pleaded guilty to stealing scrap metal from the Lower Monumental Dam in south-central Washington last year was arrested in Spokane last week towing a stolen vehicle. Kurt Goe had been ordered to self-report to federal prison following a sentencing hearing held Feb. 6, during which he pleaded guilty to taking more than $60,000 worth of metal belonging to the Army Corps of Engineers in March 2013. At that hearing, Goe requested more time before his imprisonment to care for an acquaintance diagnosed with cancer.
A man set to report to federal prison for stealing more than $60,000 worth of scrap metal from a south-central Washington dam project last year allegedly stole a car for scrap prior to going in, according to police.