Thompson's attorneys file motion for new trial, cite govt. misconduct

Thompson's attorneys file motion for new trial, cite govt. misconduct

Thompson's attorneys file motion for new trial, cite govt. misconduct

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 24, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 7:13 AM

SPOKANE-- Defense attorney for Karl Thompson filed a motion for a new trial Friday.

In the motion, the defense cited that the motion is viable because:
 
·         Jury's verdict not supported by the evidence
·         Government misconduct by allowing references made during trial that eluded to Zehm's innocence
·         Comments made by jury forewoman Diane Riley (media interviews after the trial, including KREM 2's, which is referenced in the motion) show the jury considered inappropriate extraneous information
·         Jury instruction regarding self-defense was inappropriate and focused the jury's attention on Zehm's actions and state of mind, rather than what was perceived by Thompson
 
The motion is set for a hearing on January 27.

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