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  • Egypt acquits doctor in female genital mutilation

    11/20/2014 9:16:22 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 20, 2014 10:06 AM EST | Maggie Michael
    An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a doctor charged with committing female genital mutilation that led to a 13-year-old girl’s death in a Nile Delta village, the country’s first trial on charges of breaking the ban on the practice. The verdict surprised activists against the practice, who had been hoping for a conviction and tough sentence to serve as a deterrent for doctors and families. Egypt has one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation in the world and criminalized the practice in 2008, but it remains widespread. …
  • NY Occupy activist acquitted of obstructing police

    10/10/2014 7:25:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 10, 2014 9:49 PM EDT
    After a police-assault conviction made her a rallying point for activists, an Occupy Wall Street protester was cleared Friday of charges stemming from another confrontation with police. Cecily McMillan was acquitted Friday of obstructing government administration, after her second trial this year. […] In the latest case, prosecutors said McMillan interfered with officers who’d stopped two accused fare-beaters in a Manhattan subway station in December 2013. McMillan claimed to be a lawyer, urged the two not to cooperate with police, hectored the officers and got in the way while shooting video when the officers took the two to a transit...
  • Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Acquitted

    11/06/2013 12:04:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 11/6/2013, 8:53 AM | Gil Ronen
    A three-judge panel unanimously acquitted former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman of the charges against him Wednesday morning. The verdict means he can return to serve as foreign minister, but the state is expected to appeal it. “Seventeen years are over; it’s behind me,” Lieberman told reporters after the verdict. “I want to thank my family and friends who truly stood by me in all of those 17 years and gave me the support. I want to thank the defense team that did an amazing job; extraordinary.” “I do not intend to deal with this issue anymore,” he added. “This chapter...
  • GEORGE ZIMMERMAN IS NOT GUILTY

    07/14/2013 9:40:39 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 99 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | July 14, 2013 | Jeff Head
    GEORGE ZIMMERMAN FOUND NOT GUILTY George Zimmerman found not guilty Here are my own feelings regarding this highly publicized trial, which I followed the trial closely...each day. The jury clearly looked at the evidence, which was overwhelming for the defense and Zimmerman. Zimmerman's nose was broken and his face was bruised and bloodied after the confrontation. He had cuts and bruises on the back of his head. He had grass stains on the back of his shirt and pants. Treyvon had no injuries from the fight, except the gunshot wound. There were scrapes on his knuckles. And he had grass...
  • One Small Win for Raw Milk

    05/29/2013 5:38:03 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 28, 2013 | Kelsey Gee
    Raw-milk proponents celebrated a Wisconsin farmer's acquittal on three of four counts related to selling unpasteurized milk and cheese, bolstering their hopes of legalizing the products in America's Dairyland. Jurors found Vernon Hershberger, a 41-year-old Loganville, Wis., farmer, innocent of producing milk without a license, selling milk and cheese products without a license, and operating a retail establishment without a license. He was found guilty of one count of breaking a holding order issued by the state in June 2010, which barred him from moving any of the food he produced without a license. The verdict means Mr. Hershberger can...
  • Pakistan: Life Sentences For Blasphemy Overturned

    05/19/2012 4:13:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Eurasia Review ^ | May 19, 2012 | Murad Khan
    A court acquitted a Christian couple of “blasphemy” charges yesterday, overturning their life sentences, their lawyer said. Chaudhry Naeem Shakir told Compass that Justice Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi of the Lahore High Court accepted the couple’s appeal because prosecutors failed to prove allegations that 32-year-old Munir Masih and his wife Ruqayya defiled the Quran or insulted Muhammad on Dec. 8, 2008. The allegations by Muhammad Nawaz in Mustafabad, Kasur district, came under sections 295-B and 295-C respectively of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, which are routinely employed to exact revenge on Christians over personal disputes; in this case, the Christian couple’s children...
  • Will America's fury cost Casey Anthony a fortune? Media giants drop deals

    07/12/2011 9:15:12 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4:43 PM on 10th July 2011 | By Rachel Quigley
    She was probably already spending the money in her head as she lay in her cell patiently waiting for her imminent release. But it appears Casey Anthony needn't bother because she may not be 'cashing in' on the death of her daughter Caylee as much as was first predicted. It was thought that the accused child murderer could have raked in millions of dollars from TV appearances, interviews, penning her memoirs, a movie about the tragedy and even a career in the porn industry. And no sooner had she been acquitted on all counts except for lying to police than...
  • Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty of 1st-Degree Murder, Acquitted of Manslaughter in Daughter's Death

    07/05/2011 7:27:58 AM PDT · by freebird5850 · 2,907 replies · 3+ views
    FOX ^ | July 5, 2011 | Staff
    Morning all, didn't see a thread for today so I created one.
  • As prosecution in Casey Anthony trial rests, defence is denied request for acquittal

    06/15/2011 9:59:21 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 7 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1:22 AM on 16th June 2011 | By Rachel Quigley
    After 19 days of damning evidence in which the prosecution painted Casey Anthony as a calculated murderer, it is now the turn of the defence - who immediately had their request to get the case thrown out of court refused. And as they offered up a list of amended witnesses they will call - including one surprise witness that will likely back up their theory that George Anthony persuaded his daughter to dispose of Caylee Anthony's body - the question remains as to whether Casey herself will be called as a witness. Prosecutors have spent the last three weeks proving...
  • Man acquitted of charges from refusing to show TSA agent ID

    01/23/2011 7:49:02 AM PST · by FromLori · 13 replies
    You Tube/kobtv4 ^ | 1/21/2011
    We have reaction just in to our newsroom... from a seattle man arrested after refusing to show his i-d to security agents at the airport ... and filming the incident. just about an hour ago... an Albuquerque jury cleared Phil Mocek of all charges. "It's been a long time - I feel good that we had police and tsa on record saying that you don't have to show id to fly and that you can use a camera at the airport." Phil Mocek faced charges including disorderly conduct, and concealing his identity... following the 2009 incident. the defense argued Mocek...
  • Marine Acquitted In Killing Cover-Up Case

    06/04/2008 7:53:31 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 18 replies · 132+ views
    BlueRidgeNow.com ^ | 6/4/2008 | CHELSEA J. CARTER Associated Press Writer
    A military jury acquitted a Marine intelligence officer Wednesday of charges that he tried to help cover up the killings of 24 Iraqis, including women and children. Cheers erupted as the seven-officer panel cleared 1st Lt. Andrew Grayson, who was the first of three Marines to be tried in the biggest U.S. criminal case involving Iraqi deaths linked to the war. The judge, Maj. Brian E. Kasprzyk, admonished those in court, telling them: "There will be no more of that." The verdict came just five hours after deliberations began. Grayson, who has always maintained he did nothing wrong, was not...
  • CRIME PAYS AS WESLEY DOESN'T

    02/02/2008 9:31:33 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 139+ views
    NY Post ^ | 02/02/08 | Andrea Peyser
    CRIME PAYS AS WESLEY DOESN'T By ANDREA PEYSER February 2, 2008 -- OCALA, Fla. - Leona Helmsley was right: Only the little people pay taxes. The message, fellow citizens, is: If you're rich, famous and have a stubborn streak as wide as the Suwanne River, you too don't have to pay your fair share. Take it from Wesley Snipes! The star leaped out of federal court here like he'd just won a part in a blockbuster. And he sort of did. "I'm happy!" crowed the man who cowed Uncle Sam. Then he saw me, and he fixed his million-dollar, tax-avoiding...
  • Judge rejects Padilla acquittal motion

    07/17/2007 3:06:14 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 167+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/17/07 | Curt Anderson - ap
    MIAMI - A federal judge refused Tuesday to acquit Jose Padilla and two co-defendants on terrorism support charges, clearing the way for defense lawyers to begin presenting their case this week. U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke, ruling after a daylong hearing, said the evidence and testimony offered by the prosecuton over the past nine weeks was enough proof to let a jury decide the men's guilt or innocence. "That is something the jurors will have to find," Cooke said. The trial is expected to last well into August. Padilla, Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi face possible life in...
  • Fred Thompson: Liberal in Disguise (Calling all Fredheads! Debunk the misinformation!)

    04/20/2007 6:02:18 AM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 234 replies · 3,380+ views
    News Blaze ^ | 04/20/2007 | Basil Harrington
    It seems that conservatives are about to make the same mistake that they made in 2000. Every Cassandra warned the movement conservatives that GW Bush was a liberal, but they were all duped by his "compassionate conservatism," which we since have learned really means "liberal globalism." Now, despite all the warnings, they are about to be conned by Fred Thompson too - another neocon (aka liberal globalist). Will they get what they deserve? Can people really be so shortsighted? In 2011 will we hear GOP cheerleaders, "If only I had known...." Let's look at Fred Thompson on the issues. First...
  • Happy Clinton Impeachment Day, 2006 (Impeachment is Forever)

    12/19/2006 6:43:04 AM PST · by kristinn · 77 replies · 2,108+ views
    Tuesday, December 19, 2006 | Kristinn
    It was eight years ago today that William Jefferson Clinton became only the second U.S. president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstructing justice. Two months later, the Senate voted not to convict him, even though the evidence (such as Clinton's own words, deeds and presidue) proved him guilty. Rep. Henry Hyde, who as Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee led the thirteen House Managers in prosecuting Clinton before the Senate, is retiring from Congress this year. Below is his closing argument in the impeachment trial of President Clinton: CHIEF JUSTICE. The...
  • China Shocked at Border Officer's Acquittal(a fodder for more anti-American feeling)

    09/10/2005 2:22:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 711+ views
    AP ^ | 09/10/05
    China Shocked at Border Officer's Acquittal1 hour, 11 minutes ago China expressed shock at the acquittal of an American border officer accused of roughing up a Chinese tourist and said it will closely monitor her $10 million lawsuit against the U.S. government. Homeland Security officer Robert Rhodes was found not guilty on Thursday of violating the civil rights of Zhao Yan, 38, a businesswoman who was touring Niagara Falls near the Canadian border in July 2004. Rhodes told the court in upstate New York that Zhao took off running when he ordered her inside his inspection station to question her...
  • Suspects in Kenya terror acquitted (Al Qaeda - third failure of courts)

    06/28/2005 4:53:55 AM PDT · by Coop · 4 replies · 287+ views
    NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's latest attempt to convict suspects in a hotel bombing that killed 15 people ended with acquittals Monday -- raising questions about the readiness of Kenyan prosecutors to handle such cases. After two years and scores of witnesses, Kenyan prosecutors have failed to convict in three cases: the November 2002 hotel bombing, the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans, and an alleged 2003 plot against the rebuilt embassy. Kenyan prosecutors lack the specialized training to handle such cases, said Philip Kichana, former executive director of the Kenya chapter of the International Commission...
  • Tenacious Juror #5 Credited With Convicting Snapping Fingers Despite Frivolous Molestation Charges

    06/15/2005 7:06:28 AM PDT · by The Therapist · 3 replies · 478+ views
    The Therapist ^ | June 14th, 2005 | The Therapist
    Spunky septuagenarian tells wrong-way traffic to 'go to hell' on way home 79-year-old Ellie Cook said "Michael Jackson could have attempted to conssumate with the accuser in the courtroom," and she would have dismissed the charge because of his mother's "senior-phobic" demeanor.Santa Maria Ca.--79 year old Ellie Cook knew exactly what she was doing when she helped acquit accused singer, Michael Jackson. "I listened to the testimony, "she said. "The luring, the sedentary effects of alcohol, the preparatory behavior. The hard core pornography. The lewd and lascivious acts. All the sign were there, and I believed them--but you don't sit...
  • Okay, Here's Why Michael Jackson Was Acquitted

    06/14/2005 9:31:49 AM PDT · by PackerBoy · 219 replies · 4,430+ views
    PackerBoy | 6/14/05 | PackerBoy
    Okay, Here's Why Michael Jackson Was Acquitted I, like many, was disappointed that the jury did not nail Michael Jackson, an obvious pedophile, but I do not blame the jury. I have no "dog in this fight" or ulterior motives behind offering my opinion. I am a humble employment law attorney who thinks he understands a little bit about how things go in the courtroom; that's all. For me it boils down to this: Rule #1: In a criminal trial, if convicting the defendant requires that a particular witness’s testimony be accepted as truthful by the jury, and if that...
  • 'CSI effect' evident in US courtrooms - (possible reason jury acquitted Robert Blake)

    04/24/2005 8:44:04 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 1,966+ views
    THE SCOTSMAN,COM ^ | APRIL 24, 2005 | ALEX MASSIE
    DO YOU watch CSI? It is a question heard in an increasing number of jury selection hearings across the US. The hit television series Crime Scene Investigation, in which brilliant forensic scientists solve seemingly baffling cases each week in little more than 40 minutes, is changing the face of American justice as jurors apply the lessons of what they have seen on TV to real-life criminal trials. A decade ago, the kind of physical and forensic evidence used in the OJ Simpson trial baffled many viewers. Today, educated by what they believe they have learned from TV, it is the...
  • Christians, Arrested for Protesting Homosexual Street Fair, Now Acquitted

    01/06/2005 11:55:20 PM PST · by paudio · 197 replies · 5,715+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 1/6/05 | Lilia Tse
    "Hate Crime" charges against four Christian men, facing a total of 47 years in prison, were dropped after the judge viewed the tape of the incident. Four Christian men were charged with “hate crime” felony when in fact they were peacefully protesting a homosexual street event on October 10, 2004 in Philadelphia. Concerned Women for America (CWA) urged the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to intervene. The four adult defendants, who face a total of 47 years in prison if convicted of the three felonies and five misdemeanors, pled not guilty. “The District Attorney’s office went berserk, saddling them with...
  • Three Who Photographed Diana are Acquitted!

    11/29/2003 2:26:13 PM PST · by Scenic Sounds · 11 replies · 163+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | November 29, 2003 | AP
    PARIS – Three photographers who took pictures of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed at the scene of their deadly crash were acquitted yesterday of invading the couple's privacy. The three men, whose photos were confiscated and not published, were among the swarm of photographers who pursued the car carrying Diana and her boyfriend across Paris on Aug. 31, 1997, and took photos after it slammed into the pillar of a traffic tunnel. Jacques Langevin, Christian Martinez, and Fabrice Chassery faced a maximum of one year in prison plus fines.
  • Indonesian Court Acquits Muslim Cleric

    09/02/2003 3:47:18 AM PDT · by kattracks · 8 replies · 227+ views
    AP | 9/02/03
    The Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia Sept. 2 — A court on Tuesday acquitted a Muslim cleric accused of heading an al-Qaida-linked Asian terror group and plotting to overthrow the government, giving a surprise verdict in a case seen as a test of Indonesia's willingness to fight terror. The ruling was greeted by joyous cheers from hundreds of supporters of Abu Bakar Bashir, who was alleged to be the spiritual leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah, a terror network blamed for a string of bombings in Indonesia and the Philippines. "There is not enough evidence to prove that the defendant ... led...
  • Saudis Step Up Pleas For 'Acquittal' Over September 11 Attacks

    07/30/2003 6:29:55 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 232+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-31-2003 | David Rennie
    Saudis step up pleas for 'acquittal' over September 11 attacks By David Rennie in Washington (Filed: 31/07/2003) Saudi Arabia's campaign to clear itself in the court of American public opinion of involvement with the September 11 attacks was stepped up yesterday with an offer to let the United States interrogate a Saudi official. Prince Saud al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, in Washington for a hastily arranged meeting with President Goerge W Bush, said he had granted a request from the US national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, to question Omar al-Bayoumi.But the prince declined to say if his government would extradite...
  • DVD Jon Acquittal Under Appeal

    01/21/2003 1:09:23 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 7 replies · 277+ views
    wired news ^ | 1/20/03 | Associated Press
    <p>Norwegian prosecutors will appeal the acquittal of a Norwegian teenager charged with digital burglary for creating and circulating a program online that cracks the security codes on DVDs.</p> <p>Rune Floisbonn, a prosecutor with Norway's economic crimes police, told the NTB news agency Monday that an appeal would be filed. He did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press.</p>