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Former national security advisers Susan Rice, left, and John Bolton take part in a discussion on global leadership at Vanderbilt University, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Bolton: Testimony wouldn't have changed impeachment outcome

Feb. 19, 2020 10:57 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday denounced the House's impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump as ”grossly partisan” and said his testimony would not have changed Trump's acquittal in the Senate, as he continued to stay quiet on...

Turkish activist Feray Salman and international human rights activists speak to the media before the trial of the Amnesty International's former Turkey chairman and 10 other activists, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Feb. 19. 2020. A court in Istanbul will hand down verdicts for defendants in the closely-watched trial on charges of belonging to or aiding terror groups. The case against activists heightened concerns about Turkey's treatment of human rights defenders. (AP Photo)

Turkey probes judges who acquitted businessman, activists

Feb. 19, 2020 11:50 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The body overseeing Turkish judges and prosecutors has launched an investigation into three judges who acquitted philanthropist businessman Osman Kavala and eight other activists of terrorism charges, Turkey's state media reported on Wednesday. The move by the parliament- and...

Mucella Yapici, one of defendants, celebrates after a court acquitted nine leading Turkish civil society activists of terrorism-related charges related to anti-government protests, including an entrepreneur known for philanthropy who has been jailed for more than two years, in Silivri, outside Istanbul, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkish philanthropist detained in new case after acquittal

Feb. 18, 2020 4:57 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish prosecutors detained a prominent philanthropist for alleged ties to a 2016 coup attempt Tuesday night, just hours after a court acquitted him on terrorism-related charges and ordered his release from jail after 840 days. The Istanbul prosecutor's office said in a statement that it...

Split verdict in ex-fraternity president sex assault cases

Feb. 18, 2020 1:51 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The former president of a Temple University fraternity has been convicted in an attempted sexual assault case but acquitted of sex assault charges in another case. Jurors convicted 23-year-old Ari Goldstein of attempted sexual assault and indecent assault of a woman who was a freshman...

Washington state judge rejects repaying acquitted man's fees

Feb. 18, 2020 12:25 PM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A man acquitted of second-degree murder in January will not be reimbursed for his legal fees, a judge ruled. Yakima County Superior Court Judge Kevin Naught ruled Cameron Jay Helland, 19, is not entitled to reimbursement of attorney's fees and other expenses because he did not pay for...

Turkish court acquits nine civil society figures of charges in protest trial, including Turkish philanthropist

Feb. 18, 2020 7:01 AM EST
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish court acquits nine civil society figures of charges in protest trial, including Turkish philanthropist.
FILE- In this Oct. 15, 2019 file photo, former speaker of Nepal's parliament, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, center, leaves a hospital to appear before a district court in Kathmandu, Nepal. A court in Nepal acquitted on Monday the former speaker of parliament on charges he raped a government worker at her home while he was intoxicated last year. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha, File)

Nepal's former parliament speaker acquitted of rape charges

Feb. 17, 2020 5:59 AM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A court in Nepal acquitted on Monday the former speaker of parliament on charges he raped a government worker at her home while he was intoxicated last year. Krishna Bahadur Mahara, a senior Communist Party leader, has been in jail since he was arrested in October following the...

FILE - This undated file booking photo provided by the San Francisco Police Department shows Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate, a homeless undocumented Mexican immigrant who was acquitted of killing Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier in 2015. Garcia-Zarate was found incompetent to stand trial Friday, Feb. 20, 2020, on federal gun charges. U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria said in a court order that a psychiatric evaluator had concluded Garcia-Zarate was not competent to stand trial “because of mental illness that is not presently being treated.

Man declared incompetent in San Francisco pier killing case

Feb. 14, 2020 7:33 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Mexican man who was acquitted of killing a woman on a San Francisco pier in a case that became a national flashpoint was found incompetent to stand trial Friday on federal gun charges. U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria said in a court order that a psychiatric evaluator had...

Jury acquits Pennsylvania man in 2016 cookout slayings

Feb. 14, 2020 4:07 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A jury returned a not guilty verdict Friday against the remaining defendant in the slayings of five people and an unborn baby at a western Pennsylvania cookout almost four years ago. The jury returned the verdict for 33-year-old Cheron Shelton in the 2016 Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania,...

Alabama ex-teacher acquitted on sex charge involving student

Feb. 14, 2020 11:10 AM EST

MOULTON, Ala. (AP) — Jurors in Alabama have acquitted a former middle school teacher who was charged with having sex with a student after she admitted a relationship to authorities. An 11-man, one-woman panel returned the verdict in favor of Taylor Brooks Boyles, 30, of Moulton on Thursday. She collapsed...