The federal government began discussing a request from Karl Thompson’s defense team Friday.
The former Spokane officer was convicted of beating and tasing Otto Zehm and then lying about it. Zehm later died.
The defense claimed an alternate juror heard two women on the jury talking about the case before the verdict, and it appeared they had already made up their minds. Prosecutors discounted the claim and said that kind of talk between jurors happens, and is protected by law.
They also said the alternate never heard the two women say they made up their minds, only that it sounded that way.
Prosecutors pointed out that the alternate still has not contracted the court directly about the allegations.
It’s now up to the judge to either dismiss this claim, or call a hearing to sort it out.
Thompson remains a free man until a decision is made on this case.