Latest Acquittals News

Faisal Siddiqi, center, a lawyer for the family of Daniel Pearl, an American Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan, leaves the Supreme Court after an appeal hearing in the Pearl case, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. The much-awaited court hearing against the acquittal of a British Pakistani man and three others in the 2002 kidnapping and killing of Pearl, was delayed for a week on Tuesday when judges could not take up the case due to the absence of a prosecutor whose mother died recently, a defense lawyer said. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistan's top court postpones appeal in Daniel Pearl case

Sep. 15, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's top court on Tuesday postponed for two weeks the much-awaited appeals hearing against the acquittal earlier this year of a British-Pakistani man and three others in the 2002 kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. According to Faisal Saddiqi, a...

Marshall football player acquitted of domestic battery

Sep. 10, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Marshall University football player charged with strangulation and domestic battery has been acquitted. The verdict for redshirt senior safety Brandon Lamar Drayton, 23, was announced Wednesday in Cabell County Circuit Court, news outlets reported. Marshall suspended Drayton...

Man acquitted of killing wife who vanished 8 1/2 years ago

Sep. 7, 2020 11:17 AM EDT

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania man was acquitted of all charges that he killed and burned the body of his wife, who disappeared 8 1/2 years ago. Jurors in Cumberland County deliberated for about two hours Friday afternoon before acquitting 66-year-old Hap Seiders of first- and third-degree...

Marian Kocner, center, the suspected mastermind in the slaying of an investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova, who were shot dead in their home on Feb. 21, 2018, is escorted by armed police officers to a courtroom for a trial session in Pezinok in Pezinok, Slovakia, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Businessman acquitted in murders of Slovak reporter, fiancee

Sep. 3, 2020 9:05 AM EDT

PEZINOK, Slovakia (AP) — A panel of judges in Slovakia on Thursday acquitted a businessman accused of masterminding the 2018 slayings of an investigative journalist who had written about him and the journalist's fiancee. The judges cleared the businessman, Marian Kocner, and one co-defendant of murder in...

FILE- In this Feb. 14, 2005 file photo, destroyed vehicles litter the site of a massive bomb attack that tore through the motorcade of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut, Lebanon. More than 15 years after the truck bomb assassination of Hariri in Beirut, a U.N.-backed tribunal in the Netherlands is announcing verdicts this week in the trial of four members of the militant group Hezbollah allegedly involved in the killing. (AP Photo, File)

Int'l court: Hezbollah member guilty in Lebanon ex-PM death

Aug. 18, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) — A U.N.-backed tribunal on Tuesday convicted one member of the Hezbollah militant group and acquitted three others of involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri 15 years ago. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon said Salim Ayyash was guilty...

UN-backed tribunal acquits 3 Hezbollah members of involvement in assassination of former Lebanon premier Rafik Hariri.

Aug. 18, 2020 9:39 AM EDT
LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands (AP) — UN-backed tribunal acquits 3 Hezbollah members of involvement in assassination of former Lebanon premier Rafik Hariri.

Judge rejects suit by ex-officer acquitted in teen's death

Aug. 11, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former police officer acquitted in the shooting death of a Black teenager who was seeking reinstatement to another position as a university police officer. The judge’s opinion filed Monday said former officer Michael Rosfeld left his...

Judge upholds corruption convictions of Lindberg, consultant

Aug. 5, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has upheld the convictions of two men found to be trying to bribe North Carolina's top insurance regulator with large political contributions so that scrutiny of a defendant's businesses would be eased. A jury in March found Greg E. Lindberg, an insurance magnate and...

Israeli court acquits 2 in mob killing of Eritrean migrant

Jul. 20, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court on Monday acquitted a soldier and a prison guard in the 2015 killing of an Eritrean man who was shot and beaten to death by a mob in the aftermath of a terror attack after being mistaken for an assailant. The Beersheba District Court ruled that Yaakov Shimba and Ronen...