Spokane Backpack Bomb

Law
3:46 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Northwest white supremacist sentenced to 32 years for MLK Day bomb

SPOKANE, Wash. – The white supremacist who planted a bomb along Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade has been sentenced to 32 years in prison. It's the maximum sentence the federal judge was allowed to hand down under the terms of a plea deal between Kevin Harpham and federal prosecutors.

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Spokane bomb plot
1:59 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

MLK bomb was planned to injure, suspect says in guilty plea

SPOKANE, Wash. - The man accused of attempting to bomb the Martin Luther King Day parade in Spokane admits that he constructed and planted the explosive with the intent to hurt parade participants. That admission came with the guilty plea entered Wednesday by 37-year-old Kevin Harpham.

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Hate Crimes
10:18 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Feds to ask potential jurors about racist ties in Spokane case

Prosecutors in a federal hate crime case in Spokane are asking prospective jurors if they have ties to racist and militia groups. The man accused of planting a backpack bomb along Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade route in January has been linked to white supremacists.

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Law & Justice
5:44 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Spokane backpack bomb suspect plea: not guilty

FBI evidence photo of backpack found on a downtown Spokane street corner bench.
FBI

The Colville man accused of planting a bomb along Spokane’s Martin Luther King Day parade route pleaded not guilty today.

It was Kevin Harpham’s second appearance in federal court. The 36 year old wore a tan Spokane County Jail uniform and ankle shackles. His plea means the case is now headed to trial.

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Backpack Bomb
3:14 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Grand jury issues indictment in Spokane bomb case

The man charged with planting a bomb along the route of Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade will appear in federal court today.

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Law & Justice
8:25 am
Thu March 17, 2011

FBI document reveals Spokane backpack bomb was radio-controlled

An FBI document details the steel pipe bomb found in a backpack in Spokane on Martin Luther King Day.
PublicIntelligence.org

The backpack bomb found along the route of Spokane’s Martin Luther King Day Parade was supposed to be triggered remotely using a car alarm receiver. That’s according to a newly uncovered FBI document.

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Spokane Backpack Bomb
8:11 am
Fri March 11, 2011

Suspect in bomb case expressed Neo-Nazi views as “Joe Snuffy”

This week Northeast Washington learned one of its residents is suspected of being a Neo-Nazi terrorist. The FBI arrested 36-year-old Kevin Harpham for allegedly planting a bomb in a backpack along the route of Spokane's Martin Luther King Day Parade. Harpham is now being held at the Spokane County Jail.

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News Roundup
7:58 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle of Seattle were killed after the yacht on which they were passengers was hijacked off the coast of Oman. Thirteen men accused of the hijacking have been indicted in a Virginia court. This photo is from 2005.
Courtesy Joe Grande

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Pirates in Fatal Yacht Hijacking Indicted
  • Arrest in Spokane MLK Day Bomb Plot
    • State Details Patient Escape from Western State
    • UW-WSU Meet Tonight in Pac-10 Championships

     

    Indictments in High Seas Hijacking, Murders

    Fourteen men are charged today with the hijacking of a yacht on which four Americans - including a Seattle couple - were shot to death.

    The US Justice Department is holding the 13 Somalis and a man from Yemen in Norfolk, Virginia. They are expected to make a court appearance today, according to The Associated Press.

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    Law & Justice
    7:57 am
    Thu March 10, 2011

    FBI arrests man with Neo-Nazi ties in Spokane bomb case

    FBI evidence photo of backpack found on a downtown Spokane street corner bench
    FBI

    The FBI has arrested a man with Neo-Nazi ties in connection with the attempted bombing on Martin Luther King Day in Spokane. Agents arrested the man in rural Stevens County.

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    Civility in Politics
    9:01 am
    Fri March 4, 2011

    Does political incivility go hand-in-hand with change?

    Richard Butler lead the Aryan Nations from a 20-acre compound in North Idaho and was considered a major leader in the U.S. Neo-Nazi movement until his death in 2004.
    Southern Poverty Law Center

    A national conference in Spokane focuses on something a lot of people fear is dying out: civility in American politics. Many see the January shooting in Tuscon as just one sign that the nation's civic discourse has been replaced with mudslinging, threats, and even violence.

    Spokane itself was shaken by backpack bomb discovered along the route of a Martin Luther King Day parade.

    But consider this: Incivility can sometimes play a positive role in democracy, at least according to some experts.

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    MLK Parade Scare
    7:25 am
    Wed January 19, 2011

    Spokane backpack bomb 'unusually sophisticated'

    "FBI evidence photo of backpack found on a downtown Spokane street corner bench
    FBI

    The FBI says a backpack bomb found along the Martin Luther King Day parade route in Spokane could have hurt many people. A bomb disposal unit safely defused the device Monday. Now the federal government has enlisted a joint terrorism task force to track down the would-be bomber.

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