NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted four Hindus charged with triggering explosions on a train heading to India's border with Pakistan 12 years ago, killing 68 people, mostly...
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — North Little Rock attorney Nicki Nicolo is getting accustomed to hearing words rarely uttered in a federal courthouse: not guilty.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Christian authorities in Jerusalem are denouncing the acquittal of two Jewish youths suspected of vandalizing a famous monastery.
Ex-restaurant owner granted bail pending assault retrial
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A judge has ruled that a former Pittsburgh restaurant owner whose trial ended in a hung jury on some charges and acquittal on others can be freed on electronic monitoring pending...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man admitted Thursday that he hacked into state government databases in 2017 as an act of retaliation after the acquittal of an officer who fatally shot Philando...
WACO, Texas (AP) — Former Baylor football player Shawn Oakman says he wants to try to enter the NFL after being acquitted of sexual assault.
Judge dismisses suit filed by acquitted St. Louis officer
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by a white former St. Louis police officer whose acquittal in the death of a black suspect set off weeks of protests.
Ghosn beefs up defense with lawyer famous for acquittals
TOKYO (AP) — Former Renault-Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has beefed up his defense team ahead of his trial in Japan by hiring Junichiro Hironaka, a star lawyer with a strong track record for winning rare acquittals in a country where the conviction rate is 99 percent.
Another new attorney on his team, Hiroshi Kawatsu, is an expert on judicial reform who has studied and done research in the U.S.
Lawyer famous for acquittals to defend Nissan ex-chair Ghosn
TOKYO (AP) — Junichiro Hironaka, a lawyer famous for winning extremely rare acquittals in Japan, has been tapped to defend Nissan's former chairman Carlos Ghosn as he battles charges of false financial reporting and breach of trust.
The move, confirmed Wednesday by Ghosn and Hironaka's office, underscores Ghosn's determination to prove his innocence. The odds are against him: In Japanese courts, 99 percent of cases get guilty verdicts.
Ex-Ivory Coast leader released by international court
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ivory Coast's ex-president and a former youth minister were released from International Criminal Court custody Friday, more than two weeks after they were acquitted of involvement in deadly violence that erupted after their country's 2010 election.
Pakistan protests over acquitted Christian woman fizzle out
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police have fired tear gas and wielded batons to disperse a rally by Islamic radicals in the southern port city of Karachi against the acquittal of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy.
But despite the Karachi violence, nationwide rallies the extremists had called for on Friday against Aasia Bibi's freedom mostly fizzled.
Bibi had spent eight years on death row on charges of insulting the Prophet Muhammad.
Will Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo, acquitted at ICC, return home?
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The acquittal at the International Criminal Court of Ivory Coast's former President Laurent Gbagbo on crimes against humanity is making waves in the West African nation where some celebrate his pending release but others fear a repeat of the deadly 2010-2011 post-election violence that led him to The Hague.
Pakistani Islamists to rally against freed Christian woman
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A radical Islamist party in Pakistan says it has called on its followers to hold nationwide protests over the weekend after the country's top court this week upheld the acquittal of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman who spent eight years on death row after being convicted for blasphemy. Mohammad Shafiq Amini, the Tehreek-e-Labbaik party acting head, is urging transport operators to stay off the roads on Friday and join their protest. He says police arrested hundreds of the party's supporters following Tuesday's refusal to re-examine Bibi's Oct. 31 acquittal. Bibi, who is in hiding at an undisclosed location, wants to join her daughters abroad but there is no word when that might happen. Her ordeal began in 2009, when she was sentenced to death, charged with insulting Islam's Prophet Mohammed.
Pakistan upholds acquittal of woman in blasphemy case
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's top court on Tuesday upheld its acquittal of a Christian woman who spent eight years on death row after being convicted of blasphemy, dealing a blow to radical Islamists who had staged violent mass protests last year calling for her execution.
The Latest: Pakistani radicals slam blasphemy case acquittal
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in Pakistan surrounding the case of Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy (all times local):
A top leader of a radical Islamist party in Pakistan, which had long campaigned for the execution of Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy, is asking supporters to hold nationwide rallies against her release.
Pakistan court to review acquittal in blasphemy trial
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The lawyer of a Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for charges of blasphemy vowed to secure her freedom when the country's Supreme Court meets Tuesday to reconsider an acquittal announced last year.
Bahrain court upholds life sentences for opposition figures
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain's highest court on Monday upheld life sentences for a prominent Shiite cleric who led the country's now-outlawed opposition party and two of his colleagues after their earlier acquittal, continuing a yearslong crackdown on all dissent in the island nation.
Sheikh Ali Salman, a central figure in Bahrain's 2011 Arab Spring protests and the secretary-general of the barred Al-Wefaq political party, is already serving a nine-year prison sentence.
Top Pakistani court sets date for hearing on Christian woman
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani Christian woman's defense lawyer says the country's top court has set the date for the much-awaited hearing on a petition by radical Islamists against her acquittal from death row.
The lawyer, Saiful Malook, says the Supreme Court will review the petition against Aasia Bibi next Tuesday.
Bibi was on death row for eight years in a blasphemy case but was acquitted by the Supreme Court last October.
Weinstein hires pack of new lawyers for NY rape case
NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein unveiled a new legal team brimming with star power Wednesday to defend him at his upcoming New York rape and sexual assault trial.
Weinstein's four new lawyers all have experience defending high-profile clients, including Casey Anthony, former sports stars Aaron Hernandez and Kobe Bryant and, in a strange twist, one of Weinstein's own Hollywood accusers.
ICC judges: Former Ivory Coast president must remain jailed
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo must spend at least another two weeks in detention at the International Criminal Court, despite being acquitted this week of involvement in deadly post-election violence.
Judges ruled Friday that Gbagbo and former government youth minister Charles Ble Goude must remain in custody until judges issue a decision on a prosecution appeal against their unconditional release.
Laquan McDonald cover up case ends in acquittal
The Latest: Prosecutor hopes case cracks ‘code of silence’
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of three Chicago police officers accused of trying to cover up the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald (all times local):
A prosecutor says she's disappointed by a judge's acquittal of three Chicago officers accused of trying to cover up the 2014 police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald but that she hopes something positive can come from the case.
Lawyers again urge ICC to release ex-Ivory Coast president
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Defense lawyers on Thursday again called for the immediate release of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and an ex-government minister from detention at the International Criminal Court following their acquittal this week on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence.
ICC judges say Gbagbo should be released following acquittal
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges said Wednesday that former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and a former government minister should be released immediately following their acquittal on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence in 2010.
Prosecutors have said they will appeal the acquittals once judges issue their written majority decision acquitting Gbagbo and Charles Ble Goude.
Serbia court acquits suspects in 2008 torching of US embassy
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian appeals court has acquitted the suspects in the 2008 rioting and torching of the U.S. embassy in Belgrade after a rally against Kosovo's declaration of independence.
The Appeals Court of Belgrade said Wednesday it has overturned suspended prison sentences for four suspects and confirmed an earlier acquittal of three more people by a lower court. The court says prosecutors have failed to provide enough evidence to back the indictment.
Freed by court, Pakistani Christian woman still a prisoner
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian acquitted of blasphemy, still lives the life of a prisoner, nearly three months after her release from death row, awaiting a final ruling on her fate.
She spends her days in seclusion for fear of being targeted by angry mobs clamoring for her death. In her hideout, she longs for her children who were taken to Canada for their safety.
Connecticut man acquitted in slaying of teen girlfriend
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged with killing his teenage girlfriend with a shotgun blast to the neck has been acquitted of the most serious charges he faced.
The Hartford Courant reports that a jury on Monday found 24-year-old Torrick Maragh not guilty of murder, but did convict him of illegal possession of a sawed-off shotgun.
Judge issues acquittal for justice on 1 count, denies others
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal judge has issued an acquittal on one of the counts that former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry was convicted of at trial last year but denied his request for a new trial on other counts.
U.S. District Judge John T. Copenhaver Jr. ruled Friday that there was insufficient evidence to convict Loughry of trying to influence testimony.
French cardinal likely to be cleared in abuse cover-up trial
LYON, France (AP) — France's most important church sex abuse trial to date is likely to end in acquittal for a cardinal and other senior Catholic officials accused of protecting a pedophile priest, despite years of efforts by his victims to seek justice.
The Rev. Bernard Preynat confessed to abusing Boy Scouts, and his victims say church hierarchy covered up for him for years, allowing him to work with children right up until his 2015 retirement.
Charter captain acquitted in crewman’s death at sea
CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — A federal judge has acquitted a Maine charter boat captain of seaman's manslaughter in connection with the death of a crew member.
Judge Curtis Gomez of the U.S. District Court of the Virgin Islands granted the acquittal to Rick Smith on Wednesday. Smith is a 65-year-old charter captain from Camden who had been charged with negligence contributing to the death of 54-year-old crewman David Pontious.
Mom convicted of killing daughter appeals to Supreme Court
WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An attorney for a West Virginia woman convicted of killing her 3-year-old daughter is asking the West Virginia Supreme Court for an acquittal or a new trial.
News outlets report defense attorney Jeremy Cooper filed the appeal on Jan. 7 for Lena Lunsford-Conaway, who was convicted by a Lewis County jury in April of murder and abuse in the death of her daughter, Aliayah Lunsford.
Idaho group blasts acquittal in puppy-fed-to-turtle case
BLACKFOOT, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho animal welfare group is blasting the acquittal of an eastern Idaho teacher who was accused of feeding a live puppy to a snapping turtle in front of several students.
The Idaho Humane Society called the Franklin County jury's decision on Friday to find Robert Crosland not guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty a "grievous error in judgment."
Pakistani lawyer to return home to defend Christian woman
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani lawyer who successfully fought a legal battle to acquit a Christian woman in a high-profile blasphemy case says he will return home to represent her whenever the country's Supreme Court takes up a review petition against her.
Saiful Malook, who fled to the Netherlands following threats to him from radical Islamists after the Oct. 21 acquittal of Asia Bibi, said Tuesday that no date has been set by the court to hear the petition.
Man wins partial acquittal in retrial in 2012 robbery death
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man whose murder conviction was overturned what authorities called the drug-related robbery of a college student has been acquitted of the charge at retrial but convicted on other counts.
Allegheny County jurors on Friday acquitted 22-year-old Jon Lee of Swissvale of third-degree murder but convicted him of conspiracy and robbery in the June 2012 death of 20-year-old Jordan Coyner.
Argentine groups protest acquittal in girl’s death
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Thousands turned out Wednesday to join feminist groups and labor unions protesting a court ruling that acquitted two men accused of sexually abusing and killing a 16-year-old girl.
The groups organizing the protests in several cities are part of "Ni Una Menos," which is an Argentine grassroots movement that has mobilized to fight violence against women and has spread globally.
Judge denies acquittals in Chicago police cover-up trial
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has denied defense requests for directed acquittals in the trial of three Chicago police officers charged with lying about the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald.
Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson on Tuesday evening rejected the defense contention that prosecutors failed to prove their case. Stephenson is hearing the case in a bench trial, without a jury.
Pakistan clerics in blasphemy case to face treason charges
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani minister says the detained Islamic clerics who disrupted daily life with rallies across Pakistan following the acquittal of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case will face treason and terrorism charges.
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Saturday that Tehreek-e-Labbaik party chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi and two other leaders have been booked under treason and terrorism charges.
They were initially arrested under pre-emptive laws last week.
Bosnian Srebrenica commander acquitted of war crimes
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A Bosnian appeals court on Friday acquitted the wartime commander of Srebrenica who was accused of committing atrocities during the 1992-95 Balkan conflict.
Naser Oric was accused of killing three Serb prisoners of war in villages around Srebrenica in the early days of the conflict. His wartime deputy commander, Sabahudin Muhic, was also acquitted on the same charges.
The acquittal triggered angry reactions from Serbian officials.
Pakistan arrests 1100 supporters of detained cleric
MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Police in an ongoing crackdown arrested some 1100 supporters of a detained radical Islamic cleric, who disrupted daily life with nationwide rallies following the acquittal of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy, officials said Saturday.
Pakistan arrests top leader of Islamist party in Lahore
LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The party of a radical Islamic cleric who disrupted daily life with rallies across Pakistan following the acquittal of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case says he has been arrested by police in the city of Lahore.
In a statement, the Tehreek-e-Labbaik party said their leader, Khadim Hussain Rizvi, was arrested Friday.
It also said police arrested scores of its supporters.
The Latest: Border agent acquittal sparks Tucson protest
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the acquittal of a Border Patrol agent in Mexican teen's death (all times local):
Scores of people have protested in Tucson after a jury in Arizona acquitted a Border Patrol agent of manslaughter in the cross-border shooting death of a Mexican teen six years ago, shutting down an intersection.
One sign protesters carried says, "Abolish Border Patrol." Another reads "No justice, no peace."
Kansas prosecutor to resign, calls sheriff a ‘bully’
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor is planning to resign, saying the sheriff has been acting like a "bully" since he was acquitted of a misdemeanor for allegedly slapping a handcuffed man.
Fake images of woman acquitted of blasphemy roil Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani government, already struggling with a crisis surrounding a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges after eight years on death row, now has to deal with "fake" images on social media purporting to show her outside the country.
The deceptive images have prompted death threats to a lawmaker shown in one photograph, and are likely intended to whip up radical religious fervor over Aasia Bibi's case. It's unclear who is behind the circulation of the images.
The Latest: Lawyer in blasphemy case flees Pakistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on the acquittal of a Christian woman who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan after being convicted of blasphemy (all times local):
The lawyer for a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan has fled the country, fearing for his safety.
Asia Bibi's brother, James Masih, said Saturday that her lawyer, Saiful Malook, left Pakistan, without providing further details. Malook's phone was switched off.
Christian woman acquitted in Pakistan to leave country
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted in Pakistan after eight years on death row for blasphemy plans to leave the country soon, her family said Thursday, and authorities said they arrested two prisoners last month for conspiring to kill her.
The Latest: Khan warns radical Islamists after acquittal
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on the acquittal in Pakistan of a Christian woman jailed since 2010 for insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad (all times local):
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan says he will take stern action against any radical Islamists who incite people to kill three judges who acquitted a Christian woman who faced the death penalty under the country's blasphemy laws.
Swiss court clears ex-banker who gave secrets to WikiLeaks
GENEVA (AP) — Switzerland's high court has upheld the acquittal of a former bank accountant who handed over confidential client information to WikiLeaks, ruling Wednesday he wasn't bound by the country's strict banking secrecy laws at the time.
The Federal Tribunal validated a ruling by Zurich's regional supreme court in the case of Rudolf Elmer, a former top accountant at a Cayman Islands affiliate of Swiss bank Julius Baer who was fired in 2002.
St. Louis police still recovering a year after protests
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some St. Louis police officers are still struggling with injuries more than a year after protesters took to the streets when a white former officer was acquitted in the death of a black suspect.
About 30 St. Louis police officers were injured while responding to protests against the acquittal of Jason Stockley last year, according to then-Interim Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole.
Former teacher acquitted of sex charges shares story
KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — A former Maine high school teacher who was found not guilty of sexually assaulting a student says she plans to write a book about her experience.
Jill Lamontagne tells the Journal Tribune she is still in recovery mode after her acquittal in July.