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UPDATE: Judge In Thompson Case To Delay Decision On Interviews From Jurors

SPOKANE, Wash. - Federal Judge Fred Van Sickle determined on Tuesday he's going to delay a decision on whether attorneys in the Karl Thompson case get to interview jurors.

Defense Attorney Carl Oreskovich brought the motion forward after he alerted the court that a member of his defense team saw jurors watching TV during the trial. NBC says our Yakima based affiliate did not air anything until the evening of the verdict and the morning after. But the defense contends the BELO owned Northwest Cable News may have run a bottom line ticker with information that included "the beating of a mentally ill janitor." Otto Zehm's innocence was not supposed to be known by the jury, and Oreskovich thinks if the jurors saw this that would have given them that indication.

Judge Van Sickle said that he will give both the prosecution and the defense until 2 p.m. on Thursday before he makes his final determination.

Last week a Yakima jury convicted Karl Thompson for the use of excessive force and lying to investigators in the 2006 death of Otto Zehm.

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