Judge delays decision on detaining Spokane cop

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A federal judge is expected to rule Friday on whether to detain until sentencing a Spokane police officer convicted of using excessive force in the 2006 death of a mentally ill man.

Federal prosecutors sought to immediately take Karl Thompson into custody Thursday. Defense attorneys fought the motion.

The Spokesman-Review newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/tRcBBF) that U.S. Magistrate Judge James Hutton delayed his ruling until Friday morning.

Hutton's decision came after defense attorney Carl Oreskovich said he would seek a new trial because he witnessed jurors watching television reports of the first one.

A jury convicted Thompson of violating the civil rights of 36-year-old Otto Zehm by using excessive force and of lying about their encounter to investigators. Zehm died two days after the encounter in a convenience store.