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Pence slams district court rulings against Trump policies

Vice President Mike Pence has announced that the Trump administration intends to challenge the right of federal district courts to issue rulings blocking nationwide policies


Few pot convictions thrown out in Spokane, as Washington state considers similar amnesty law

The Spokane City Council passed a measure at the end of 2015 that would allow those with misdemeanor marijuana convictions to petition the court for their record to be cleared. …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:23 p.m.

Spokane City Councilwoman Karen Stratton, husband file for bankruptcy protection

The couple said in an interview the filing, submitted to the court Thursday, is the result of legal malpractice claims against Chris Wright’s one-man law firm. Stratton said she wants …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 6:41 p.m.

Ballot initiative on immigration policing in Spokane again shot down by appellate judges

A ballot initiative that would empower Spokane city employees to participate in the enforcement of immigration laws was dealt another blow Tuesday, just two days after


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

Judge denies Cip Paulsen request to take back marijuana company amid debts, legal concerns

Cip Paulsen, the former federal inmate who obtained one of the county’s first licenses to legally grow marijuana, had his business stripped by the courts in November. A bid to …


Marijuana businessman and former federal inmate Cip Paulsen faces new legal problems

A new drug arrest and a lawsuit brought by dissatisfied investors could cost Cip Paulsen, who spent nine years in federal prison for his involvement in a cocaine ring, his …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 17, 2018, 12:39 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Project in Spokane will bail accused low-level offenders out of jail in bid to even the field

The Bail Project is intended to fight fundamental inequities built into the cash bail system, and perhaps help reduce crowding in Spokane’s perpetually cramped jail along the way.


Drug courts and other special courts steer Idahoans away from prison

Ada County’s drug court is one of Idaho’s 71 problem-solving courts, which range from drug courts and DUI courts to mental health courts, veterans treatment courts, and child-protection drug courts, …


Judge’s decision on appeal for new trial in Gordon Ennis rape case delayed a week

A ruling on whether former police sergeant and convicted rapist Gordon Ennis will get a new trial was delayed a week after the trial judge unexpectedly requested more time to …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 10:58 p.m.

Gordon Ennis to argue for new trial Friday

A former Spokane police sergeant accused of raping a fellow officer at a house party in 2015 will argue Friday in court that his trial attorney Rob Cossey withheld evidence …


Sprawling Penn State hazing death case grinds through courts

The sprawling criminal case against former members of a Penn State fraternity over the death of a pledge last year is about to pick up steam with yet another preliminary …


UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018, 11 p.m.

Detained on bus ride that went through Spokane intermodal center, Mexican national files $75,000 claim against Border Protection

Andres Sosa Segura is being represented by attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union and Northwest Immigration Rights Project. He alleges he was illegally detained during a sweep by Border …


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

Appellate court upholds dismissal of former Police Chief Frank Straub’s lawsuit against city

A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that city officials didn’t wrongfully terminate Frank Straub as chief of police in 2015. Straub’s attorney is …


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

Ex-Spokane police officer convicted of rape claims another officer had sex with victim

As part of his request for a new trial, former police Sgt. Gordon Ennis alleges another officer had sexual contact with the victim the same night he was convicted of …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Former Spokane police Sgt. Gordon Ennis to be sentenced in June in rape case

A new sentencing date is set for former Spokane police Sgt. Gordon Ennis, who was convicted in March of raping a fellow police officer.


UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

Big drama in little Idaho: Former Harrison mayor, city councilman feud over Wi-Fi title

Former two-term mayor Wanda Irish and her husband, Dennis Irish,


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

Manslaughter trial begins for Dwayne Thurman in wife’s shooting

The trial of Dwayne Thurman begins this week as Spokane jurors will decide whether he was criminally negligent when he shot his wife in the heart while attempting to clean …


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 10:26 p.m.

Ennis takes stand and tells jurors that sexual contact with young woman officer was consensual

Former police Sgt. Gordon Ennis testified in his own defense Tuesday that he did not sexually assault another police officer during a drunken party. He told jurors that the sexual …


Accused police officer to testify in his own rape trial defense

A former Spokane Police officer on trial for sexual assault intends to testify in his own defense Tuesday.


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 6:57 p.m.

Former police guild president will not take stand in Gordon Ennis rape trial

Former Spokane Police Guild President John Gately will not take the stand in the rape trial against former police Sgt. Gordon Ennis. Speaking through his attorney Mark Vovos, Gatley told …


First day of rape trial against former Spokane police officer focuses on heavy drinking

How much a woman had to drink was the recurring theme of the first day of testimony in the second-degree rape against former Spokane police Sgt. Gordon Ennis.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 18, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

Following mistrial, former police Sgt. Gordon Ennis to be back in court Tuesday

It’s been eight months since a judge declared a mistrial in the second-degree rape case against former police Sgt. Gordon Ennis. Attorneys are ready to try again.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to stop Texas execution

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday night rejected two appeals from a Texas death row inmate, clearing the way for his execution for the 1999 slaying of his ex-girlfriend while …


Lawsuit alleging woman froze to death in apartment owned by Coeur d’Alene mayor settled

A wrongful death lawsuit against Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer and Coeur d’Alene Resort General Manager Bill Reagan was dismissed months ago after the sides reached an agreement.


Outside View: Sanctuary needed from DOJ’s lost legal cause

The administration has no valid legal justification for its insistence that state and local law enforcement officers act as proxies for federal immigration agents.


Idaho court ruling could force Pocatello to refund millions

The city of Pocatello could be forced to pay back millions of dollars in excess fees following a recent Idaho Supreme Court ruling.


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UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 26, 2017, 1:14 p.m.

Judge tosses ‘sanctuary city’ proposition from Spokane’s November ballot

The proposal to roll back a Spokane policy prohibiting officers from asking about immigration status will not be before voters following an order from Spokane County Superior Court Judge Julie …


Spokane driver beats city in pothole court case

Dwight Bailey, a retired investigator for the Washington State Gambling Commission, got a rejection letter like many other Spokane drivers this spring. He convinced a small claims court judge the …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 10:34 p.m.

Court complicates Trump’s threat to cut ‘Obamacare’ funds

President Donald Trump’s bold threat to push “Obamacare” into collapse may get harder to carry out after a new court ruling.