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Man arrested at protest in Des Moines acquitted of charge

Apr. 09, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man arrested last spring during a protest in Des Moines calling attention to racial injustice has been acquitted of a misdemeanor count of failure to disperse. A judge on Thursday found Daniel Butts, 33, of Des Moines, not guilty of the count,...

Ivory Coast's ex-president and ally are free to return home

Apr. 07, 2021 20:36 PM EDT

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and a close ally who was a youth leader are free to return home after being definitively acquitted on charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court, President Alassane Ouattara said on...

LA judge disciplined a third time for bad behavior on bench

Apr. 02, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles County judge with a history of bad behavior has been disciplined for being irritable with defense lawyers and telling an acquitted man that “there’s no question in my mind that you’re guilty.” Judge Patrick Connolly was publicly...

ICC judges uphold acquittal of former Ivory Coast president

Mar. 31, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court appeals judges on Wednesday upheld the acquittals of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and former minister Charles Ble Goude on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence. Both were...

International Criminal Court appeals judges uphold acquittal of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo

Mar. 31, 2021 11:00 AM EDT
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court appeals judges uphold acquittal of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo.

No convictions in St. Louis officer's beating by colleagues

Mar. 30, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — No convictions were returned for three white St. Louis police officers accused of beating a Black undercover colleague so severely during a protest over another officer’s acquittal that he had to undergo multiple surgeries. A jury on Monday acquitted...

Jurors in ex-officer's high-profile trial face heavy burden

Mar. 28, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One prospective juror's voice quivered as she told attorneys during jury selection that she feared for her family's safety if chosen for the panel that will decide the fate of a white former police officer charged with killing George Floyd. When the judge excused her, the...

Man accused in killing acquitted by reason of mental illness

Mar. 25, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge says a 24-year-old onetime Marine accused of breaking into a Shakopee home and fatally shooting a man is not guilty by reason of mental illness. Brady Zipoy was acquitted of second-degree intentional murder based on two court-ordered...

Father acquitted, friend convicted in boy's death on subway

Mar. 23, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has acquitted the father of a 7-year-old boy who died after falling between two moving subway cars in Philadelphia 2 1/2 years ago, but convicted a family friend of involuntary manslaughter and related offenses. Common Pleas Court Judge J....

Pakistan transfers man acquitted in US reporter's killing

Mar. 22, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani-British man who was on death row for 18 years before his acquittal in the 2002 beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl was transferred Monday to a government safe house for security reasons, police said. Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh...