Internet a point of contention in Coe trial - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Internet a point of contention in Coe trial

SPOKANE, Wash. - Judge O'Connor, the judge in Kevin Coe Civil Commitment trial, ruled Tuesday morning that cameras will be able to show Kevin Coe while on the witness stand. It had been previously a rule of the court that Coe could not be filmed while anywhere in the courtroom, only to and from.

A motion filed by the local media outlets late Monday called for the cameras to be allowed. Attorneys for the media said that the general rules of the court should allow for the cameras. Coe's attorney's argued that it provided a security and health threat to Coe, who's psychologists have said is depressed.

Tim Trageser also said that the "on camera" aspect of testimony could provide for undue stress on Coe and effect due process in this case. The one sticking point seemed to be the internet.

The judge pointed out that courts across the country are dealing with the issue of the web, saying it makes the case much broader than Spokane and exposes it to anyone with a computer across the world.

The judge ultimately decided the allowance of cameras in the courtroom would provide Coe with an un-edited, un-editorialized forum to present his case. Coe is expected to take the stand Tuesday afternoon.

- Tom Durian
KHQ Reporter

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Spokane Police find body of teenage boy in Hangman Valley area

    Spokane Police find body of teenage boy in Hangman Valley area

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 5:03 PM EDT2017-06-28 21:03:54 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police say officers found the body of a teenage boy in the Hangman Valley area early Wednesday morning. Officer Ben Green would not give an exact location where the body was found, but did say family reported the boy missing earlier in the day. Officers would not officially identify the young man, but according to The Spokesman Review, who cited SPD, it appears he committed suicide. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police say officers found the body of a teenage boy in the Hangman Valley area early Wednesday morning. Officer Ben Green would not give an exact location where the body was found, but did say family reported the boy missing earlier in the day. Officers would not officially identify the young man, but according to The Spokesman Review, who cited SPD, it appears he committed suicide. 

    >>
  • Body found in SUV in downtown Spokane

    Body found in SUV in downtown Spokane

    Wednesday, June 28 2017 2:04 AM EDT2017-06-28 06:04:38 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating Tuesday after a body was found inside an SUV in a parking lot near 2nd and Division.  Details are limited, but heavy police activity was reported around 4 p.m.  KHQ's Patrick Erickson reports that people inside the SUV spotted an ambulance in the parking lot of the 7-11 store and asked for help. Paramedics found a man dead inside.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police are investigating Tuesday after a body was found inside an SUV in a parking lot near 2nd and Division.  Details are limited, but heavy police activity was reported around 4 p.m.  KHQ's Patrick Erickson reports that people inside the SUV spotted an ambulance in the parking lot of the 7-11 store and asked for help. Paramedics found a man dead inside.

    >>
  • Fairchild Airman found dead in dorm

    Fairchild Airman found dead in dorm

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 7:53 PM EDT2017-06-27 23:53:24 GMT

    FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - An Airman assigned to the 92nd Air Refueling Wing was found dead in their dorm room Tuesday afternoon.  A representative from Fairchild Air Force Base says the airman was found at around 2 p.m. The cause of death is under investigation by the Air Force Office of Special investigations.

    >>

    FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - An Airman assigned to the 92nd Air Refueling Wing was found dead in their dorm room Tuesday afternoon.  A representative from Fairchild Air Force Base says the airman was found at around 2 p.m. The cause of death is under investigation by the Air Force Office of Special investigations.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/