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Health care fraud trial: Doctor acquitted on 7 of 8 counts

Nov. 23, 2020 3:33 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi doctor has been acquitted on seven of eight counts against him in what prosecutors said was about $18 million in health care fraud involving expensive prescription pain cream. His secretary was acquitted on all five counts against her. Jurors were unable to agree on the...

Judge ends probation for mother acquitted of killing newborn

Nov. 17, 2020 11:49 AM EST

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A young Ohio woman acquitted of killing and burying her newborn in her family's backyard has been released from a probation term she was serving for abuse of a corpse. A judge granted Brooke Skylar Richardson's request during a court hearing Tuesday. She had served about 14 months of a...

Jury rules in case of boy, 4, whose body was found in bags

Nov. 2, 2020 1:35 PM EST

CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — A jury in Cleveland found a man guilty of involuntary manslaughter but acquitted him of murder in the death of a 4-year-old boy whose body was found in three trash bags in September 2017. After a two week trial, a jury found Romaine Tolbert, 38, guilty of involuntary manslaughter,...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2020, file photo, demonstrators gather near the Lincoln Memorial as final preparations are made for the March on Washington, in Washington, on the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s

Black Lives Matter faces test of its influence in election

Oct. 31, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Black Lives Matter has been a lot of things in its brief, fiery life. It has been a slogan, a rallying point. A movement that led protests coast to coast, calling for America to get serious about preventing Black deaths at the hands of law enforcement. A heaven-sent resource for people like...

Man accused of killing wife, 2 kids acquitted on all counts

Oct. 29, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

LONDON, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of killing his wife and two children in an arson fire at their Ohio home in 2008 was acquitted Thursday of all charges by a three-judge panel that heard the case. Peter Romans, 60, of London, faced aggravated murder, murder and aggravated arson charges. He opted to have a...

Faisal Siddiqi, center, a lawyer for the family of Daniel Pearl, an American reporter who was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan, leaves after an appeal hearing in the case, at the Supreme Court, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Pakistan's top court on Thursday adjourned for four weeks the hearing of an appeal from the family of American journalist Daniel Pearl against the acquittal of a British-born Pakistani man convicted over the 2002 beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistan court adjourns Daniel Pearl murder case for 4 weeks

Oct. 22, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's top court on Thursday adjourned for four weeks the hearing of an appeal from the family of American journalist Daniel Pearl against the acquittal of a British-born Pakistani man convicted over the 2002 beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter. The key suspect in...

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2017 file photo, Catalan regional police chief Josep Lluis Trapero, centre, leaves the national court in Madrid, Spain. A Madrid court on Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020 acquitted Trapero and the heads of Catalonia's regional police of charges of sedition and disobedience for what state prosecutors had argued was their alleged role in the northeast region's 2017 secession attempt. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)

Spain court acquits Catalan police for role in secession bid

Oct. 21, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Madrid court on Wednesday acquitted the heads of Catalonia’s regional police of charges of sedition and disobedience for what state prosecutors had argued was their alleged role in the northeast region’s 2017 secession attempt. Spain’s National Court ruled in a 2-1...

Pope Francis, right, sits at a table with Cardinal George Pell on the occasion of their private meeting at the Vatican, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. The Pope warmly welcomed Cardinal for a private audience in the Apostolic Palace after the cardinal’s sex abuse conviction and acquittal in Australia.  (Vatican News via AP)

Pope warmly greets redeemed Cardinal Pell after abuse trial

Oct. 12, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis met Monday with Cardinal George Pell and thanked him for his witness, warmly welcoming him for a private audience in the Apostolic Palace after the cardinal’s sex abuse conviction and acquittal in Australia. The Vatican released photos and a brief video clip of the meeting,...

One of best-known tycoons and one of the richest men in the Balkans, Ivica Todoric, stands before the county court in Zagreb, Croatia, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. A Croatian court has acquitted the country’s best-known tycoon in one of the cases related to the collapse of a retail company that has shaken the Balkan region. The County Court ruled that Ivica Todoric and three others were not guilty of charges that they syphoned 1,25 million euros ($1,47 million) from the Agrokor firm. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Croatia tycoon Todoric acquitted in one trial, more pending

Oct. 7, 2020 8:59 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A Croatian court on Wednesday acquitted the country's best-known tycoon in one of the cases related to the collapse of a retail company that has shaken the Balkan region. The County Court in the capital, Zagreb, on Wednesday ruled that Ivica Todoric and three others were not guilty...

Farooq Naek, center, prosecutor from Sindh provincial government, leaves with his team from the Supreme Court after an appeal hearing of the Daniel Pearl case, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who has been on death row over the 2002 killing of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl, will remain in jail for another three months under a government order, a prosecutor told the country's top court Wednesday, as it took up appeals of Pearl’s family and government against acquittal of all accused of murder charges by another court. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistan to keep top suspect in Daniel Pearl murder in jail

Oct. 7, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A British-born Pakistani man who has been on death row over the 2002 killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl will remain in jail for another three months despite his acquittal by a lower court earlier this year, according to a government order on Wednesday. The development was...