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Thompson Trial on Hold

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Moments before jury selection was to begin, the federal trial of Spokane Police officer Karl Thompson was put on hold. The judge delayed the case so prosecutors can appeal a judges ruling to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The judge made a decision this morning that could limit the amount of evidence the prosecutors can put before the jury at trial. The appeal by federal prosecutors will delay the case for 60 days. Prosecutors spent time this morning conferring with Department of Justice officials in Washington, D.C. before filing the appeal.

Thompson is accused of using excessive force in March of 2006 in a confrontation with Otto Zehm at a North Spokane Zip Trip. Federal prosecutors filed charges against Thompson after both the Spokane Police Department and the County Prosecutor cleared the officer of any wrongdoing. 

*This web story was filed by Tom Durian.


  

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