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While it’s intended to be a celebration and remembrance for the late reverend, Spokane’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Rally and March quickly turned political when two candidates vying for a seat in the House of Representatives took the stage
Local leaders, before crowds of about 2,500, called for more dialogue to help keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s fight against injustice alive Monday at the Spokane Convention Center.
The man who placed a bomb along the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march route in January 2011 will continue to serve his 32-year prison term after a federal judge Thursday threw out his sentencing appeal. Kevin Harpham, 39, appealed his stay at a maximum security prison in California almost immediately after his sentencing in December 2011. Harpham claimed that he had been coerced by his attorneys into pleading guilty to federal criminal counts of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and committing a hate crime.
The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March will take place beginning at 10 a.m. today in downtown Spokane. Participants will assemble at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., and walk to River Park Square, where a resource fair takes place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
As they began the downtown Unity March during Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, tears overcame the two men who’ve led the annual event for more than 20 years. The Rev. Happy Watkins and Ivan Bush both announced that the celebration was the last they would organize and direct. From this point on, said Watkins, they’ll be mentors and guides, and they’re letting younger leaders take the reins.
Spokane civic leaders have taken part in Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations since 1984. The King celebration in downtown Spokane Monday will carry extra meaning for many taking part. Authorities were alerted to an unexploded backpack bomb along the march route last year. Kevin Harpham, the man convicted of planting that bomb, was sentenced last month to 32 years in prison.
Spokane police have a message for anyone considering participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity March on Monday: “The bad guys aren’t going to win, and they need to come down and show them that,” said Lt. Joe Walker. Walker, who will oversee police presence at the march, explained the police preparations for the march during a meeting with media Tuesday. Police declined to say how many officers will be on hand, but said people can expect to see one on nearly every corner.
Sue Kellogg got an uneasy chuckle when she learned that domestic terrorist Kevin W. Harpham claimed in court Tuesday that he wasn’t intending to hurt anyone with his homemade bomb, but rather just sound a loud protest by aiming it at the glass walls of the Eye Care Team building on Main Avenue. “We had staff and customers in the (lobby of the) building that morning,” said Kellogg, who owns the building with her husband. “Sending a lot of exploding glass into the building would not have been less lethal … than setting if off in the parade.”
A federal judge has ordered FBI experts to construct three bombs similar to the one allegedly planted at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March in January, as preparations continue for suspect Kevin W. Harpham's Sept. 12 trial.
A federal judge Friday denied motions from attorneys representing domestic terrorism suspect Kevin W. Harpham, allowing evidence of racist postings found on Harpham’s computers to be used at his trial. U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush said the searches of Harpham’s home, at 1088 Cannon Way, near Addy, Wash., and at his father’s home in Kettle Falls, Wash., fell “within the four corners of the search warrant.”
A federal judge said today that he is leaning toward allowing prosecutors to show that marks made on the wires of the bomb planted on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Spokane came from a set of pliers owned by Kevin W. Harpham. If he does allow that testimony, it would be the first time in a federal trial.
Domestic terrorism suspect Kevin W. Harpham faces a minimum of 30 years in prison if convicted of two new charges added last week in what prosecutors have called a thwarted attempt to bomb the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March in downtown Spokane. Harpham, 36, appeared Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno, where he pleaded not guilty to the new federal grand jury indictment on charges of committing a hate crime and using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence. A trial has already been set for May 31 on the previous charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and possession of an unregistered destructive device in connection with a bomb found along the planned route of the march on Jan. 17.
Domestic terrorism suspect Kevin W. Harpham now faces a minimum of 30 years in prison if convicted of two new charges added last week in what prosecutors have called a thwarted attempt to bomb the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March in downtown Spokane.
A federal judge ruled Thursday that preserving a fair trial for domestic terrorism suspect Kevin W. Harpham outweighs the public’s right to know what evidence the federal agents gathered to justify charges against him. U.S. District Court Judge Justin L. Quackenbush decided against a request brought by The Spokesman-Review, with support from the Seattle Times and the Associated Press, to unseal the 35-page probable cause affidavit that describes why federal investigators arrested Harpham in connection with a bomb left along the planned route of the Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Unity March in downtown Spokane.
A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Kevin W. Harpham on charges stemming from the placement of a bomb along the route of the Unity March on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in downtown Spokane. Harpham, who was arrested March 9 as he drove away from his 10 acres south of Colville, is scheduled to appear at 2:30 p.m. today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno for an arraignment where he is expected to plead not guilty and receive a trial date.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich confirmed Wednesday for the second time in two days that chemicals were mixed with shrapnel in a bomb that was placed along the Unity March route in downtown Spokane on Jan. 17. The sheriff has criticized a front-page story published in the Wednesday edition of The Spokesman-Review, but stopped short of seeking a correction.
Spokane Valley police responded to a possible suspicious device left at Sprague Avenue and Thierman Road tonight and instead found a large handbag.