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UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

Washington Supreme Court declines to hear lawsuit over Spokane immigration initiative

The high court’s refusal to hear the case ends two years of litigation and permanently precludes the immigration measure from appearing on voter ballots. “This is absolutely the correct decision,” …


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 8:52 p.m.

City of Spokane faces second lawsuit over handling of homeless camp, demonstration

An attorney with the nonprofit Center for Justice filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of Richard Dahl, a homeless man who lived in the tent city dubbed “Camp Hope” until …


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019, 2:50 p.m.

Prison ombudsperson calls for jail reform during Center for Justice fundraiser

Speaking from experience, Riley Hewko said that many people charged with violent crimes often grew up with abuse and addiction, and jails do more harm to people who have already …


New director of the Center for Justice wants to empower Spokane

The Center for Justice’s new executive director, Dainen Penta, is the center’s first person of color as its leader, and he’s “looking at things through a race equity lens,” said …


Then and Now: The Community Building

The transformation from a nondescript 1908 retail building on West Main Avenue to a state-of-the-art center based on lifestyle and social justice started in 1999 when attorney Jim Sheehan purchased …


Shawn Vestal: Eichstaedt steps down, but leaves a legacy of civic improvements

Try and picture the legal and political landscape of Spokane without the Center for Justice. On issue after issue, it is almost impossible to imagine the same results without the …


Attorney Rick Eichstaedt to step down as Center for Justice director this month

Eichstaedt, 45, has led the nonprofit legal team since 2012. He created a legal defense for the Spokane River in his 13 years with the Center for Justice, and also …


Racist flyers posted in downtown Spokane

Posters from a prominent white nationalist group with a history of posting material in the Spokane area were recently discovered and removed from a downtown intersection.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 6:12 p.m.

Planned Parenthood files suit in Spokane to stop Trump cuts to teen pregnancy prevention

The local office of Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit Thursday in Spokane that is seeking to have a federal judge stop the Trump Administration from cutting the grants that fund …


Anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on the Community Building in downtown Spokane

Anti-Semitic graffiti praising Adolf Hitler was found written on the back door of the Community Building in downtown Spokane early Friday morning.


Spokane County settles public records lawsuit for $100,000

Spokane County has settled a second lawsuit after failing to provide public records related to the psychiatric treatment of county jail inmates. This time, taxpayers are on the hook for …


Center for Justice holds clinic to help people remove criminal convictions

Justin Petrilli signed a guilty plea for a misdemeanor assault in 2015 because he didn’t want to leave his disabled wife alone at home while he spent time in jail. …


Legal clinic will help people clear convictions off their records

People who can’t afford to have criminal convictions taken off their record can get free legal help at a new clinic in December.


Controversial immigration initiative could be headed to the ballot in Spokane

Spokane voters may see a controversial immigration initiative on ballots in November 2017, but not before a promised challenge in the courts. On Monday, the Spokane City Council reversed course …


Shogan withdraws ethics complaint against mayor, citing ‘cone of silence’

Former Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan has withdrawn his ethics complaint against Mayor David Condon, saying a “cone of silence is settling over the city and the City Council.”


One of three ethics complaints against Mayor Condon moves forward

The city’s Ethics Commission allowed one complaint against Spokane Mayor David Condon forward Wednesday, and dismissed others.


Fourth ethics complaint filed in Spokane sexual harassment controversy

A fourth ethics complaint has been lodged against Spokane Mayor David Condon for how he handled allegations of sexual harassment by former police Chief Frank Straub.


No police chief search in works; Dobrow named as interim

City leaders have no plans to begin a search for a permanent police chief after the Tuesday ouster of Frank Straub, a move police reform advocates say is a mistake. …


Petition for sheriff’s office independent review is a political move, Knezovich says

Calling the process of selecting an ombudsman for the Spokane Police Department “a political nightmare,” Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich on Tuesday dismissed a petition requesting independent civilian oversight for his department …


Spokane City Council sends immigration initiative to county for verification

Upward of 200 people converged on Spokane City Hall Monday night to voice both support and concern with a police department policy that says the immigration status of an individual …


MacArthur Foundation grant will reduce jail crowding

Spokane County has been rewarded for its efforts at criminal justice reform, with the deep-pocketed MacArthur Foundation selecting the area for a competitive grant to reduce overcrowding at the aging …


County’s hiring of land-use attorney concerns urban growth expansion opponents

Opponents of Spokane County’s plans to expand areas where urban growth can occur say they’re concerned about the hiring of an attorney with strong ties to developers. In January, county …


UPDATED: Thu., March 19, 2015, 2:31 p.m.

Racial minorities more likely to be stopped by Spokane police

Spokane police disproportionately stop black, Native American and Hispanic residents, but don’t display a pattern of racial bias when deciding who to search and arrest.


Lawsuit against city alleges police K-9 bite

A woman claims a police dog owned by the Spokane Police Department bit her without provocation and wouldn’t release despite being ordered to do so by Officer Dan Lesser, according …


Outgoing police ombudsman Tim Burns wants Spokane to focus on the progress

In his last days in office, outgoing police ombudsman Tim Burns said ongoing mistrust of Spokane police is rooted in past events, and that it’s time for the community to …


Imprisoned rapist a ‘slumlord,’ but tenants have few options

The stove in their apartment hasn’t worked since they moved in a couple of months ago, so Dusty Kayser and Scott Simpson eat their meals from a can. They don’t …


Shawn Vestal: Body camera policy evolving in positive directions

Seventeen Spokane police officers put on body cameras 13 weeks ago. In the time since, at least two important things have happened: Chief Frank Straub said the department was tightening …


Spokane Police Guild contract proposal being modified

Spokane Mayor David Condon is heeding the advice of Spokane City Council members who have pushed him to reopen contract negotiations with the Spokane Police Guild. The mayor and guild …


Idaho reoffender rate high, study shows

BOISE – After seven months of intensive study of Idaho’s criminal justice system, researchers have found some surprising trends underlying Idaho’s high incarceration rate despite its low crime rate: More …


Spokane County commissioners’ urban growth session broke law, lawsuit says

Spokane County commissioners violated the state’s open public meetings law by holding a closed-door session with a state official last spring to consider expansion of the county’s urban growth area, …