Latest Acquittals News

Dutch prosecutors won't appeal sole acquittal in MH17 trial

Dec. 01, 2022 15:23 PM EST

THE HAGUE (AP) — The Dutch prosecutor's office said Thursday that it will not appeal the acquittal of a man charged in the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet as it flew over eastern Ukraine in 2014, citing concerns over the stress it would place on the families of the 298 people...

Mongols biker who killed officer agrees to manslaughter plea

Dec. 01, 2022 11:06 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Mongols motorcycle gang member who killed a Pomona SWAT officer during a crackdown on the group eight years ago has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter after twice being acquitted of murder. David Martinez had been found not guilty in two separate...

Officer acquitted in man's shooting at Chicago train station

Nov. 22, 2022 15:48 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police officer was found not guilty Tuesday in the February 2020 shooting and wounding of an unarmed man during a struggle at a downtown commuter train station. Cook County Judge Joseph Claps acquitted Melvina Bogard, 33, of aggravated battery and...

Man with Adam Toledo when he was shot by police is acquitted

Nov. 18, 2022 16:03 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A man accused of shooting at a car while standing alongside 13-year-old Adam Toledo moments before the teen was fatally shot last year by a Chicago police officer was found not guilty of weapons charges Friday by a Cook County judge. Ruben Roman, 23, stood trial...

Dutch court convicts 2 Russians, 1 Ukrainian in 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17; 1 Russian acquitted

Nov. 17, 2022 09:26 AM EST
SCHIPHOL, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch court convicts 2 Russians, 1 Ukrainian in 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17; 1 Russian acquitted.

Man convicted of manslaughter in killing near Bend nightclub

Nov. 16, 2022 19:50 PM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A jury in central Oregon has acquitted a man of murder but found him guilty of manslaughter in the 2021 shooting death of a Black man outside a nightclub in Bend. The jury convicted Ian Cranston Wednesday on charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter,...

Officer acquitted of assaulting woman at abortion rally

Nov. 16, 2022 14:43 PM EST

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police officer charged with punching a political rival at an abortion rights rally was acquitted Wednesday of a misdemeanor simple assault charge by a judge who determined that his actions were justified because he was trying to maintain public order. ...

Jury acquits man in Houston officer's road rage clash death

Nov. 16, 2022 14:30 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A jury in Texas has acquitted a man who said he fired in self-defense when he fatally shot an off-duty Houston police officer. Robert Soliz was charged with murder for the death of police Sgt. Sean Rios, who was killed in a shootout while the sergeant was on his way...

Defense: Masterson rape case plagued by contradictions

Nov. 15, 2022 21:11 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rape allegations against actor Danny Masterson were so riddled with contradictions and inconsistencies that prosecutors in their case implicated the Church of Scientology to help patch holes in its case, a defense lawyer said Tuesday in closing arguments. “When...

Mistrial declared in trial of 2 former nonprofit officials

Nov. 08, 2022 14:09 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge has declared a mistrial in an embezzlement and bribery case against two men acquitted along with a Philadelphia council member and his wife in a separate case last week. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Monday's decision came after a juror...