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Former upstate NY prosecutor cleared of perjury, misconduct

Sep. 25, 2020 8:12 AM EDT

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — A former prosecutor accused of withholding evidence from a grand jury that cleared a Troy police officer who fatally shot a man during a traffic stop has been acquitted of perjury and misconduct charges. Former Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove was acquitted by a state...

Denis Glennon, left, father of Ciara Glennon, arrives at the Supreme Court of Western Australia in Perth, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. A judge found a man guilty of murdering two women but not guilty of murdering a third in crimes that terrorised the Australian city of Perth in the late 1990s. Sarah Spiers, 18, Jane Rimmer, 23, and Ciara Glennon, 27, vanished after nights out with friends in the up-market Claremont nightlife precinct in 1996 and 1997. (Richard Wainwright/AAP Image via AP)

Australian convicted of murdering 2 women, acquitted of 3rd

Sep. 24, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A judge on Thursday convicted a man of murdering two women who disappeared while going home from a night out with friends in the Australian west coast city of Perth. Bradley Robert Edwards, 51, was acquitted of murder in a third woman's disappearance. The crimes occurred in the...

Man acquitted of gang killing shot minutes after being freed

Sep. 23, 2020 11:24 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Fresno man who was acquitted of a deadly shooting was wounded and his girlfriend killed minutes after he walked out of jail, his attorney said Wednesday. Michael Garcia, 21, was shot four times and remained hospitalized. “They were waiting at the jail for him," his attorney,...

Native American activist guilty of rape but not kidnapping

Sep. 18, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico jury on Friday convicted a Native American activist of rape and voyeurism, but acquitted him of kidnapping — the most serious charge against him. Santa Fe jurors deliberated for less than four hours before announcing their verdict against Redwolf Pope. ...

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...

Social worker cleared for not reporting alleged sex assault

Sep. 3, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a Colorado mental health worker who was accused of failing to report sexual assault accusations against a highly regarded football recruit. Marilyn Lori, 47, testified that the victim did not tell her enough about the alleged incident to report it to authorities....

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...