Government Witness In Question In Thompson Case - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Government Witness In Question In Thompson Case

SPOKANE, WASH. - Former Spokane Police Officer Karl Thompson was supposed to be sentenced this week for his excessive force conviction and lying to investigators in the 2006 death of Otto Zehm. But that sentencing date has been postponed and now the defense has released brand new information saying they didn't know the whole story when it came to one of the government's expert witnesses. This same witness wasn't even called to testify during the trial. The defense believes the reason this witness didn't testify was so the government could avoid testimony in favor of Karl Thompson on key issues.

The most recent motion filing comes down to a confidentiality agreement that stops the defense from questioning one of the government's video expert witnesses, Grant Fredericks. Fredericks came forward in the middle of December saying the government mischaracterized his(Fredericks) opinions and observations in the Karl Thompson case.

In a 23 page report, newly submitted by the defense, it claims on at least three different occasions, Mr. Frederick's disagreed with Tim Durkin, the Assistant United States Attorney, when it came to what was and what was not a baton strike the night of the Otto Zehm incident. None of the information, the defense says, was released to them.

All of the claims brought up by the defense, they feel, is a potential violation of the case Brady v. Maryland, a case where the prosecution withheld evidence from the defense. If proven true this is a violation of Karl Thompson's constitutional rights which could lead to a new trial for the former Spokane Police Officer.

And one note of interest here, Grant Fredericks was also an expert witness in the R-Kelly Child Pornography trial six years ago. Despite his testimony in that trial Kelly was found not guilty on all counts. The hearing on the latest motion is set for February 15th at 6:30 p.m.

 

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