Sound Off for September 18th: Judge denies Karl Thompson's request for a new trial. What are your thoughts?

Published On: Sep 18 2012 12:31:38 PM PDT
Karl Thompson

Former Spokane Police officer, Karl Thompson, will not be getting a new trial. Judge Fred Van Sickle made that decision today.

It's been 9 months since Thompson was convicted of abusing Otto Zehm's civil rights. He still hasn't been sentenced and has been out of jail during the appeal process since he wasn't considered a flight risk.

Thompson's attorneys had claimed misconduct by both the prosecution and the jury, but Judge Van Sickle didn't agree and denied the motion for a new trial.

Otto Zehm was killed in 2006 following a confrontation at a North Spokane Zip Trip. Thompson was convicted of using excessive force and violating Zehm's civil rights.

At this point, a sentencing date has not been released.

What are your thoughts on today's decision?

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