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Fired officer who apologized for assault seeking acquittal

Jan. 24, 2022 20:12 PM EST

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — The former South Carolina police officer who apologized after attacking a Black man seemingly without provocation during an arrest last year now wants a jury to acquit him of a misdemeanor charge stemming from the incident. A jury heard opening statements and...

Josh Duggar seeks new trial or acquittal in child porn case

Jan. 21, 2022 11:34 AM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Former reality TV star Josh Duggar has asked a federal judge for a new trial or an acquittal, a little over a month after he was convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography. A jury convicted Duggar last month of one count each of receiving and...

Rittenhouse seeks return of gun used during Kenosha protest

Jan. 20, 2022 17:42 PM EST

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois man acquitted of fatally shooting two men and wounding a third during street protests in Kenosha in 2020, is seeking the return of the gun and other property that police seized after his arrest. Rittenhouse's attorney Mark...

Woman acquitted in protest of border wall construction

Jan. 20, 2022 11:41 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tohono O’odham woman was found not guilty Wednesday on federal misdemeanor charges stemming from her protest of border wall construction on her tribe's ancestral land. The acquittal of Amber Ortega came after a magistrate judge reversed her previous ruling...

German journalist acquitted of terror charges in Turkey

Jan. 17, 2022 08:14 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court has acquitted German journalist Mesale Tolu after years on trial for terror-related charges. “After 4 years, 8 months and 20 days: Acquitted of both charges!” Tolu tweeted after her acquittal. She was accused of engaging in terror propaganda and...

Indian court acquits bishop of charge of raping nun

Jan. 14, 2022 09:47 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Friday acquitted a Roman Catholic bishop of charges of raping a nun in her rural convent, a case that became a major issue amid allegations of sexual harassment in the church. Sessions Judge G. Gopakumar in a brief order said the bishop was not...

British Council worker freed from Iranian prison, back in UK

Jan. 12, 2022 08:29 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian employee of the British Council detained for more than three years in Iran and sentenced to a decade in prison over widely criticized espionage charges has been freed and returned to the United Kingdom, the organization said Wednesday. ...

British Council says Iranian employee arrested in Tehran has been acquitted by court, now in United Kingdom

Jan. 12, 2022 06:17 AM EST
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — British Council says Iranian employee arrested in Tehran has been acquitted by court, now in United Kingdom.

Prosecutor: Judge wrong to acquit Hawaii lawmaker of DUI

Jan. 11, 2022 21:38 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu's top prosecutor said Tuesday a judge was wrong to grant an acquittal to a Hawaii lawmaker charged with driving under the influence after police saw her driving the wrong way down a major thoroughfare. In the middle of state Rep. Sharon Har's trial Monday,...

Former trooper acquitted after hitting driver with rifle

Jan. 11, 2022 15:34 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former Nebraska state trooper was found not guilty of violating a driver's civil rights by hitting him in the head with the butt of a rifle after a high-speed chase. Lindsey Bixby was acquitted Tuesday after his second trial in Omaha. A previous federal jury...