Judge rules Karl Thompson be released until sentencing

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by KREM.com, Shawn Chitnis, & Katie Utehs

KREM.com

Posted on November 6, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 7:13 AM

SPOKANE-- A judge rules Karl Thompson to be released from custody until his sentencing.

The judge set his sentencing date for January 27th.

The judge says he will review the request to interview jurors in another hearing Tuesday morning at 8:30.

The judge stated he does not believe Thompson isa danger to the community and does not think he will flee after being released.

The defense filed two motions on Friday to get Thompson out of custody before his sentencing, and to request interviews with jurors.
 
Thompson was convicted last week of using excessive force and lying to investigators after the 2006 beating of Otto Zehm.

The US Marshals Service confirms Officer Karl Thompson is being held at the Bonner County Jail in Sandpoint, ID. The Marshals Service are overseeing Thompson's detention because he was convicted in US District Court. They have a contract with Bonner County to hold inmates.

Thompson’s attorney, Carl Oreskovich, filed the motion on Friday after a judge ruled Thomson be taken into custody.
 
In a memo supporting that motion, the defense said, “There is absolutely no proof [as none was offered at trial] of any violent behavior in Karl Thompson’s past. This factor weighs heavily in favor or releasing Karl Thompson pending sentencing, and defense counsel asks the Court to give this factor proper consideration."
 
Regarding contacting jurors, the motion said, “Defense counsel is now concerned that the jury was exposed to otherwise inadmissible evidence that may have influenced its jury verdict, and submits that good cause exists to contact the jurors to conduct interviews."
 
The defense included a declaration by Oreskovich’s paralegal, Jodi Dineen. She states, "I recognized at least two jurors who were in the breakfast room on the dates of Tuesday and Wednesday, November 1st and 2nd, 2011, while this information was being displayed on the television sets."
 
KREM 2’s sister station, Northwest Cable News, airs in Yakima and covered the trial.
 
Prosecutors have previously said that if someone did see something, that person should have brought up the fact when it happened.

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