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Alex Salmond pauses as he speaks to the media as he leaves the High Court after he was cleared of attempted rape and a series of sexual assaults, including one with intent to rape, against nine women, who were all either working for the Scottish Government or within the SNP at the time, in Edinburgh, Monday, March 23, 2020. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)

Ex-Scottish leader acquitted on all sex crimes charges

Mar. 23, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Former Scottish leader Alex Salmond was acquitted Monday of a series of sexual offenses, including one of attempted rape. An Edinburgh jury deliberated for more than five hours before returning not guilty verdicts on 12 charges and returned a not proven verdict on a charge of sexual assault...

Ex-Scottish leader Alex Salmond acquitted of all sex-crime charges, including one of intent to rape, in Edinburgh court

Mar. 23, 2020 11:09 AM EDT
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Ex-Scottish leader Alex Salmond acquitted of all sex-crime charges, including one of intent to rape, in Edinburgh court.

Minnesota jury acquits sheriff's deputy in shooting death

Mar. 19, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota sheriff's deputy was acquitted of second-degree manslaughter Thursday in the 2018 fatal shooting of a suicidal man who held a gun to his own head as he knelt in the street during a 40-minute standoff with police. Prosecutors said Washington County Sheriff's Deputy...

Minnesota jury acquits sheriff's deputy of manslaughter in 2018 shooting death of suicidal man who had a gun

Mar. 19, 2020 12:44 PM EDT
STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota jury acquits sheriff's deputy of manslaughter in 2018 shooting death of suicidal man who had a gun.
FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. The most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse will take his appeal to Australia’s highest court on Wednesday, March 11, 2020,  in potentially his last bid to clear his name. Cardinal George Pell was sentenced a year ago to six years in prison for molesting two 13-year-old choirboys in Melbourne’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral while he was the city’s archbishop in the late 1990s. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)

Australian highest court to rule on Cardinal's appeal later

Mar. 12, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court on Thursday said it will deliver a verdict at a later date on whether to overturn the convictions of the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of child sex abuse. Cardinal George Pell's lawyer, Bret Walker, told the High Court that if it found a lower...

Spanish court: Google search must show man's acquittal first

Mar. 6, 2020 11:30 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court has partially accepted Google's appeal against a ruling that ordered it to erase news articles about a man accused of sexual abuse, but the new judgement said the company had to display the man's acquittal at the top of any search results. A National Court decision Friday said...

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin looks on before speaking during a press conference in Lyon, central France, after a French appeals court acquitted him of covering up the sexual abuse of minors in his flock, Thursday, Jan.30, 2020. (AP Photo/Laurent Cirpriani)

Pope lets French cardinal embroiled in abuse cover-up resign

Mar. 6, 2020 8:05 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of a French cardinal who was convicted and then acquitted of covering up for a pedophile priest in a case that fueled a reckoning over clergy sexual abuse in France. Lyon Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, 69, had offered to resign when the...

Judge acquits Amtrak officer in fatal Chicago shooting

Feb. 28, 2020 2:38 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Friday acquitted an Amtrak police officer of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed Minnesota man at a major train station in Chicago. Cook County Judge Dennis Porter said LaRoyce Tankson reasonably believed he was acting in self-defense when he shot Chad...

Richard Boath smiles outside the Old Bailey, London, Friday Feb. 28, 2020. Three former Barclays bankers have been cleared of fraud over a 4 billion-pound ($5.2 billion) investment deal with Qatar at the height of the global financial crisis in 2008. The three men — Roger Jenkins, Thomas Kalaris and Richard Boath — were acquitted Friday after a five-month trial at London's Old Bailey. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)

Barclays bankers acquitted over fraud charges in Qatar deal

Feb. 28, 2020 11:24 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Three former Barclays bankers were cleared Friday of fraud over a 4 billion-pound ($5.2 billion) investment deal with Qatar at the height of the global financial crisis in 2008. The three men — Roger Jenkins, Thomas Kalaris and Richard Boath — were acquitted after a five-month...

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2011, file photo, police officers keep an eye on handcuffed men at the east entrance to John Ascuaga's Nugget hotel-casino after a shooting in Sparks, Nev. Eight accused Vagos biker gang members were acquitted Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, of all charges including allegations they were part of a broad criminal racketeering enterprise that committed violent crimes including the killing of a rival Hells Angels leader in a northern Nevada casino shootout in 2011. (The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)

Members of Vagos bikers cleared of all charges in US court

Feb. 25, 2020 2:52 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Eight accused Vagos biker gang members were acquitted Monday of all charges alleging they were part of a broad criminal racketeering enterprise that committed violent crimes for more than a decade, including the killing of a rival Hells Angels leader in a casino shootout in 2011. Gasps...