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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Spokane judge becomes second to block Trump administration’s ‘conscience rule’

A federal judge in Spokane became the second in two days to block the Trump administration’s new expanded “conscience rule” that would allow health care workers to refuse care for …


Roger Stone trial set to start Tuesday

Roger Stone heads to trial this week in federal court, where prosecutors plan to dive back into an episode of political chicanery, alleged lies and conspiratorial texts that parallels the …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

Federal jury finds for Gonzaga over bulldog owner in civil discrimination case

In the multimillion-dollar civil case of the bulldog versus Gonzaga University, the school prevailed Friday.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Federal court can enforce tribal court rulings, 9th Circuit rules

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Native American tribal courts can ask the federal courts to enforce rulings against nontribal members. Boise State Public Radio reports the ruling …


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019

Man shot at by Spokane Police on South Hill on Saturday denied release, will face charges in Montana

Law enforcement has not yet identified which Spokane Police officer shot at 46-year-old Charles Edward Jackson Jr. during a foot chase Saturday on the lower South Hill. Jackson asked to …


Judge reverses jury’s decision regarding massive Christmas display in Hayden

A court decision that should have netted North Idaho couple Jeremy and Kristy Morris $75,000 after a jury found a Hayden homeowner’s association engaged in religious discrimination is looking a …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019

Spokane dentist pleads guilty in federal court to improperly prescribing painkillers

A Spokane dentist has pleaded guilty in federal court to manipulating pain-killer prescriptions and distributing drugs to a former patient with whom he was having “inappropriate relationship” for years.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018

Spokane developer Ron Wells accused of insurance fraud

Ron Wells, a developer and architect whose decades-long work in Spokane includes renovations of numerous historic buildings, was indicted Wednesday in federal court for allegedly staging a car crash in …


Wisconsin’s early voting limit challenged in federal court

The fight over restricting early voting in Wisconsin returned to federal court Monday, three days after Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a new limit passed during a lame-duck legislative …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018

Spokane businessman acquitted of fraud charge in lottery winnings case

Scott K. Brett, of Spokane, was found not guilty of wire fraud Friday by a jury in Richland. He was indicted two years ago on a charge of misappropriating nearly …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018

Jury awards $75,000 to Hayden couple in ‘war on Christmas’ lawsuit

A North Idaho jury awarded a Hayden-area couple $75,000 last week, ruling a homeowners association was guilty of religious discrimination in a story billed as a “war on Christmas” by …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017

Trump administration: Court can’t suspend pipeline decision

Attorneys for the Trump administration said a federal judge has no authority to second-guess a presidential permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline as they seek to stop a lawsuit …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017

Federal court recommends dismissal of homeless claims

A federal court is recommending dismissal of a civil complaint filed on behalf of more than two dozen homeless residents of a northwestern Montana Indian reservation in 2013.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017

U.S. seeks to quash lawsuit opposing transgender military ban

The Justice Department is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s moves to curtail military service by transgender people.


UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017

Man suffers seizure in court as federal judge wraps up arguments

U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush was forced to suspend court on Friday after a man suffered a seizure during the judge’s final statements.


UPDATED: Sun., April 23, 2017

With Supreme Court seat filled, GOP looks to lower courts

Republicans have put President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee on the bench, and they’re now in a position to fill dozens more federal judgeships – and reshape some of the …


UPDATED: Tue., March 14, 2017

Spokane cardiologist Romeo Pavlic to pay $300,000 to settle federal medical fraud claims

Spokane cardiologist Dr. Romeo Pavlic agreed Tuesday to pay $300,000 to settle a federal lawsuit alleging he over billed Medicaid and Medicare for tests he did not perform on developmentally …


UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017

Feds accuse leader of Spokane’s Associated Industries of bilking $3 million from trust fund

Federal regulators accuse a pair of Spokane business leaders of secretly transferring $3 million from a trust fund set up to lower health insurance costs for 800 local businesses to …


Coeur d’Alene doctor knew nothing of Las Vegas stripper wife’s drug empire

Dr. Stanley Toelle’s money flowed freely to support the lifestyle of his Las Vegas wife, Loren. In a court statement, she says he had no idea she was involved in …


Federal judge denies injunction, allows logging to continue near Colville

A federal judge ruled against an environmental group Friday seeking an emergency injunction to stop a logging project in the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington.


Daughter of accused drug ringleader pleads guilty in Idaho to money laundering charge

The daughter of an accused drug trafficking ringleader operating out of North Idaho pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to conspiracy to launder money from illegal drugs sold across five …


Mother of slain 2-year-old will not be released from jail for drug treatment

The decision to release 28-year-old Lovina Rainey from jail to attend an unsecured drug rehabilitation facility in Coeur d’Alene while she awaits trial on drug trafficking charges was reversed Tuesday …


Feds get first guilty plea in Idaho drug trafficking ring

Federal prosecutors have their first guilty plea in a multi-state drug trafficking ring involving at least 20 people, including a Coeur d’Alene gastroenterologist, his wife and her children.


Court: Feds can withhold mug shots of criminal defendants

The federal government can withhold mug shots of criminal defendants from the news media in Michigan and three other states, an appeals court said Thursday, citing privacy concerns in the …


Oregon refuge occupier expected to change not-guilty plea

A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for a man arrested following the Ammon Bundy-led occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.


Coeur d’Alene wedding chapel suit ends in $1,000 judgment

A federal lawsuit claiming the city of Coeur d’Alene infringed on the religious rights of a small wedding chapel has ended with the city paying the owners of the business …


Torture case against Spokane psychologists may continue, judge rules

The American Civil Liberties Union earned a victory in court Friday as U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush ordered attorneys for Spokane psychologists Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell to cooperate …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 26, 2015

Gun rights activist found guilty of disobeying Spokane courthouse guards

A federal judge found Anthony Bosworth, an outspoken gun rights advocate, guilty of failing to comply with orders of guards outside the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse in February. Bosworth …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 16, 2015

Gunman, co-defendants in Carlile murder-for-hire plead guilty

Timothy Suckow, the man accused of pulling the trigger in the murder-for-hire of South Hill businessman Doug Carlile pleaded guilty to federal murder charges Wednesday. The agreement included a recommended …


Murder-for-hire suspect James Henrikson moved to Yakima jail

Accused murder-for-hire mastermind James Henrikson has been moved to the Yakima County Jail following a suspected escape attempt in Spokane last month. Officials from the Spokane County Jail, the FBI …