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Craig Meidl faces political, salute-related challenges in bid for chief job

Craig Meidl will have to overcome a City Council that is at odds with the mayor over hiring authority and some members of the public still furious about his involvement …


Karl Thompson released from prison

Former Spokane police officer Karl Thompson has been released from federal prison after being convicted of using excessive force against developmentally disabled janitor Otto Zehm, who died two days after …


Shawn Vestal: Video expert from Zehm case was wrong pick for review of bike incident

When police officers investigating the death of a teenager killed in an encounter with a speeding Spokane County deputy needed an expert to analyze video footage, they made an unusual …


Doug Clark: First-time author underscores the importance of the Otto Zehm case

I received a vitriolic voice mail message when I last brought that name up in a column. “Otto Zehm,” the caller scoffed. “Nobody cares about Otto Zehm anymore.”


U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear ex-police officer’s appeal of Zehm case conviction

Former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson Jr.’s legal battle to overturn his conviction in the 2006 death of Otto Zehm ended at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The nation’s …


Spokane councilman Mike Fagan tries to halt police pact

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan unsuccessfully attempted to derail an employment contract agreement between the city and the police leadership union Monday night, saying “citizens still hold a grudge” against …


Doug Clark: Thompson verdict is the gift that keeps on taking

Think of the post-conviction phase of Karl Thompson as a big, colorful piñata that his Scheme Team defenders get to whack and whack at until it finally bursts open and …


Karl Thompson’s conviction upheld in Otto Zehm death

A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld the conviction of former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson. The three judges denied claims by Thompson’s attorneys that courtroom errors following the …


UPDATED: Tue., June 17, 2014, 12:46 p.m.

Appeals court upholds Karl Thompson’s conviction in death of Otto Zehm

A federal appeals court panel has upheld the conviction of former Spokane Police Officer Karl Thompson. The three judges ruled that Thompson doesn’t deserve a new trial in the 2006 …


Karl Thompson appeal argued in court

Attorneys for imprisoned former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson argued Monday that prosecutors did not turn over important evidence before trial. Defense attorney Carl Oreskovich told the 9th U.S. Circuit …


Thompson won’t pay for Zehm restitution

A federal judge rejected demands that former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson Jr. pay $825,000 in restitution to taxpayers and the family of Otto Zehm. Thompson is imprisoned in Safford, …


Input sought on use of force report

Several community members on Wednesday thanked the city of Spokane’s Use of Force Commission for months of work, and police Chief Frank Straub said he and Mayor David Condon will …


Clark: Justice finally served in Thompson case

It’s a good day, Spokane. There’s no snow in the potholes, the river’s still running and Karl Thompson Jr. is already ensconced in a federal lockup on the other side …


Doug Clark: Justice for Zehm may finally come today

The sentencing of Karl Thompson Jr. will supposedly take place in a Spokane federal courtroom this morning, proving I had it all wrong. Apparently, there is a limit on how …


Follow Karl Thompson’s sentencing on Twitter

Check here for Twitter updates on the sentencing of Karl F. Thompson Jr., the Spokane police officer who was convicted last year of lying to investigators and using excessive force …


Vestal: Nothing is clear-cut in Thompson sentencing

How much time should Karl Thompson spend in prison? How much would be “sufficient but not greater than necessary,” as the law requires?


Former officer Thompson’s request for new trial rejected

A federal judge refused Tuesday to order a new trial for former Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr., saying last year’s convictions for beating an unarmed janitor in 2006 …


Park Board to consider Zehm memorial for Mission Park

The Spokane Park Board will consider a memorial for Otto Zehm on Monday, as was called for in a settlement between the city and Zehm’s estate. Mayor David Condon has …


Doug Clark: Thompson’s day of justice might never come

I wonder what ol’ Karl Thompson Jr. is up to today. Barbecue? Fishing? Golf?


Doug Clark: Many wrongs, one big right in Zehm case

Repentance is a concept normally relegated to cathedrals, chapels and bar stools just before closing time. But on Tuesday afternoon, a downtown mediation court was the sanctuary where the city …


Former chief blasts Thompson salute

Former Seattle police Chief Norm Stamper told a Spokane crowd Thursday that he wasn’t knowledgeable enough about the city’s most infamous case of recent police misconduct to offer much meaningful …


Doug Clark: Justice for Otto Zehm is close at hand

Four or five other customers were ahead of me when I sauntered into the convenience store on Sunday’s sunny afternoon. No worries. Despite the Zip Trip name on the signage, …


Thompson kudos cited in court

A Spokane police officer who says he feared for his life after being threatened by a felon was asked in court Wednesday about supportive comments he posted on a Facebook …


SPD officer questioned in court about support for Thompson

A Spokane police officer who says he feared for his life after being threatened by a felon was asked in court Wednesday about supportive comments he posted on a Facebook …


Thompson attorneys allege misconduct

Defense attorneys for convicted Spokane Police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. filed a motion today claiming everything from judicial error to juror misconduct in their attempt to convince a federal …


Doug Clark: Head-Crackin Karl can hum his own theme song

One thing has been missing in our ongoing coverage of the conviction of police officer Karl Thompson Jr. That’s right, a parody song.


Clark: Van-Tastic decision takes load off for Team Otto

Everyone snap to attention. Please click your heels together as we offer an SPD-worthy salute to U.S. District Judge Fred Van Sickle.


Judge denies request to interview Zehm jurors

A judge has denied a request by former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson’s attorneys to interview the jurors who convicted Thompson last month of two felonies in connection with the …


Judge denies Thompson’s request to question jurors

A judge has denied a request by former Spokane police Officer Karl Thompson’s attorney’s to interview the jurors who convicted him last month of two felonies in connection with the …


Chief to step down Jan. 2

Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick confirmed Friday that she will not wait for a new chief to be hired and will leave Jan. 2. Kirkpatrick has said as recently as …