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Former Spokane Police Officer Karl Thompson denied by US Court of Appeals

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The U.S. Court of Appeals turned down former Spokane Police Officer Karl Thompson in his latest appeal.  His lawyers asked the court for a new trial due to what they called "jury misconduct."

Thompson was convicted by a Federal Jury in 2006 of using excessive force against Otto Zhem, and then later lying to investigators about it. Zhem died from these injuries. Later, a judge sentenced him to four years in prison. Thompson's lawyer will be allowed to file another appeal, but it is not clear if they plan to take advantage of that or not.

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