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Pakistan upholds death for 3, acquits 2 in couple's killing

May. 16, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court has upheld death sentences for three Muslims but acquitted two others in the 2014 mob killing of a Christian couple accused of blasphemy in the eastern city of Lahore. Thursday's ruling comes five years after Shahzad Masih and his wife Shama Bibi were beaten to...

Greek court clears 9 jailed before Erdogan visit

May. 15, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Nine people jailed before a 2017 visit by Turkey's president and accused of belonging to a militant group were cleared of terrorism and criminal arms charges in Greece on Wednesday. Defense lawyer Aleca Zorbala said that the Athens court acquitted three of the defendants of all...

Pakistani court grants month's bail to 2 radical clerics

May. 14, 2019 6:26 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A defense lawyer says a Pakistani court has granted a month's release on bail to two clerics, leaders of a radical party behind widespread protests last year against the acquittal of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case. Afrasiab Khan says the Lahore High Court on Tuesday ordered...

2 Massachusetts officers cleared on charges of raping woman

May. 9, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Two Massachusetts police officers have been acquitted of charges that they raped the same woman. Springfield officers Joshua Figueroa and Derrick Gentry-Mitchell were found not guilty by a judge Thursday in a jury-waived trial in Hampden Superior Court. The woman said she had been...

A push grows for Oregon to drop nonunanimous jury verdicts

May. 8, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After a jury convicted an Oregon man of having sex with a passed-out partygoer, one of the jurors left the courthouse and wept. Cash Spencer and three other jurors believed the defendant was innocent, but after a lunch break, one changed her mind. Hours later, another changed her vote...

Amanda Knox to return to Italy for 1st time since acquittal

May. 8, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Amanda Knox is returning to Italy for the first time since she was convicted and imprisoned, but ultimately acquitted, in the murder and sexual assault of her British roommate in the hilltop university town of Perugia. The 31-year-old American was invited to attend a conference June 13-15...

Pakistani woman acquitted of blasphemy headed to Canada

May. 8, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan, but who still faced death threats from Islamic extremists upon her release, flew to Canada on Wednesday to join her daughters, Pakistani officials and others involved in the case said. Aasia Bibi...

Pakistan media: Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after years on death row has left the country

May. 8, 2019 2:55 AM EDT
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan media: Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after years on death row has left the country.

Man convicted of shooting crossbow during road rage incident

May. 2, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

PULASKI, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man has been found guilty of shooting a crossbow at another vehicle during a road rage incident, but was acquitted of trying to murder the other driver. The Roanoke Times reports the jury in Pulaski rendered its verdict Wednesday. It recommended that Glen McNeal Grubb spend...

Jury acquits campaign worker who cited racism for arrest

May. 1, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa jury has acquitted a black political campaign worker who was arrested after refusing to identify himself to police in a Des Moines suburb. Keilon Hill, 24, was found not guilty Tuesday of misdemeanor harassment of a public official or employee. His attorney, Gina Messamer,...