Entire 9th Circuit Appeals Court denies Karl Thompson appeal

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 25 at 6:19 PM

SEATTLE, Wash.—The entire 9th Circuit Appeals Court denied former Spokane Police Department officer Karl Thompson an appeal on Friday.

The decision from all nine judges came down Friday afternoon.  In June, three judges from the 9th Circuit denied the former SPD officer’s appeal.  Following the June decision, Thompson’s defense asked that the whole panel review the case where he was convicted for lying about the 2006 beating of Otto Zehm.

Karl Thompson is serving a four-year sentence in federal prison. He was convicted in 2012 by a federal jury of using excessive force and lying to investigators in 2011 about Zehm’s death.

READ: Judge sentences Karl Thompson to more than 4 years in prison

Thompson’s lawyers asked for a new trial and alleged jury misconduct in his conviction.

The defense also claimed they were never notified of a prosecution expert’s finding that video in the case showed some consistencies with Thompson’s story. The prosecution expert never ended up taking the stand at Thompson’s trial.

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