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Texas prison guard acquitted in death of inmate

Oct. 14, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

ANGLETON, Texas (AP) — A jury has acquitted a former Texas prison guard who slammed a handcuffed inmate to the ground so hard that the man's liver ruptured and he died. The Houston Chronicle reports that Lou Joffrion was acquitted last month on aggravated assault charges in the 2017 death of David Witt,...

Ex-officer not guilty of manslaughter in Georgia shooting

Oct. 6, 2019 2:28 AM EDT

WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia police officer who fatally shot a fleeing, unarmed black man was acquitted Saturday of voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. The jury, however, found Zechariah Presley guilty of violating his oath of office in the 2018 shooting of Tony Green, 33, in...

Prosecutors appeal TEPCO acquittal in Fukushima case

Sep. 30, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Prosecutors in the only criminal trial involving the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown appealed Monday against the acquittal of three former Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives. The Tokyo District Court on Sept. 19 found ex-TEPCO chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and two others not guilty of...

Man acquitted in wife's death can't sue prosecutors

Sep. 27, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a former prosecutor from a lawsuit alleging that a man was framed for killing his wife in a case in which his wife's friend became embroiled in a complicated plot. But a federal judge ruled Thursday that the case can proceed against three current and former...

Deputy not guilty in teen head-slamming case; 2 await trial

Sep. 26, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The first of three Florida deputies who was charged after appearing in a video that showed a black teen being pepper-sprayed and slammed to the ground during an arrest has been acquitted. The Sun Sentinel reports that jurors found Broward Sheriff's Det. Ralph Mackey not guilty...

Jury acquits former prison guard of sexually abusing inmate

Sep. 26, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania prison guard has been acquitted of charges that he sexually abused two inmates. The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reported that jurors deliberated for an hour Thursday before clearing former Lackawanna County Prison guard Mark Johnson of institutional sexual assault...

Impeachment a rarely used path for upending a president

Sep. 25, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

Donald Trump joins a small group of fellow presidents now that he's the subject of an official impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives. Only three of his predecessors underwent similar proceedings: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, who were acquitted after trials in the Senate, and Richard Nixon, who...

Missouri man who shot deputy sentenced for gun violation

Sep. 20, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) — A 46-year-old St. Louis man acquitted in the shooting of a Jasper County deputy was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a related charge of illegally possessing a firearm. E.F. Fitchpatrick was sentenced Thursday. He pleaded guilty to the charge in July before his trial in the wounding of...

Navy SEAL acquitted of murder sues his former lawyers

Sep. 17, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy SEAL who was acquitted of murder by a military jury in July has filed a lawsuit against two defense lawyers and a nonprofit legal defense group — who he had parted ways with on the high-profile case before the trial. Edward Gallagher said in a complaint filed in federal court...

ICC prosecutor appeals acquittal of ex-Ivory Coast president

Sep. 16, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court prosecutors have appealed against the acquittal of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and a youth minister on charges of involvement in deadly post-election violence. Judges acquitted Gbagbo and Charles Ble Goude in January after ruling...