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He Took an Eggplant 9 Years Ago. Finally, Closure

Italy's Supreme Court acquits man who lifted the fruit to feed his child

(Newser) - In Italy's own version of Les Misérables, a man who's fought a nearly 10-year legal battle over an eggplant finally got his reprieve from the country's court of last resort. Per AFP , the unnamed man, then 49, was nabbed by cops in 2009 emerging from private... More »

She Was Accused of Murdering Her Twin. Now, a Verdict

Alexandria Duval acquitted of killing her sister, Anastasia Duval, in Hawaii

(Newser) - A woman accused of deliberately driving off a Hawaii cliff and killing her identical twin sister was acquitted of murder Thursday. Second Circuit Judge Peter Cahill found Alexandria Duval not guilty after a trial that started Monday , the AP reports. The sisters were seen arguing on the narrow, winding Hana... More »

Podcast's Hot Mic Helps Reverse Murder Conviction

Kaj Linna is free after 13 years in prison in Sweden

(Newser) - The Serial podcast seems to have helped Adnan Syed get a new trial . But a podcast inspired by Serial might have gone one step further. As one person involved puts it to the BBC , "We actually helped free an innocent man." Kaj Linna had served 11 years of... More »

After 'Smiles and Winks,' Egypt's Mubarak Is Free

Though it's not clear whether he'll leave the military hospital where he's spent 6 years

(Newser) - Egypt's top appeals court issued a final ruling Thursday that effectively acquits former President Hosni Mubarak on charges of killing protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign, the AP reports. The Court of Cassation rejected an appeal by prosecutors, allowing an acquittal verdict from 2014... More »

Bundy Acquittals Greeted With Applause, Disgust

Some herald the 'great news,' while others call it 'devastating'

(Newser) - Seven defendants in the Oregon wildlife refuge standoff trial were acquitted Thursday , including brothers Ammon and Ryan Bundy, in what the New York Times calls a "surprise" development and a huge "blow" to federal prosecutors. "I knew that what my husband was doing was right, but I... More »

Shift Commander in Freddie Gray Case Acquitted

Lt. Brian Rice elected for a bench trial

(Newser) - The highest-ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray has been acquitted of all charges. Circuit Judge Barry Williams—who also acquitted two other Baltimore officers —found Lt. Brian Rice not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office on Monday, reports the Baltimore Sun . An... More »

Jian Ghomeshi Not Guilty of Sexual Assault

Ontario judge says 3 complainants were 'less than ... forthcoming'

(Newser) - Ex-CBC broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi on Thursday wrapped up the first of two sexual-assault trials he faces, and the verdict came back not guilty, the Globe and Mail reports. An Ontario judge issued the ruling, clearing Ghomeshi of four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking... More »

Court: Dominique Strauss-Kahn Not a Pimp

Ex-IMF head acquitted on charges of 'aggravated pimping' by French court

(Newser) - Despite sometimes-tearful testimony by prostitutes who painted a sordid picture of "beast-like" sex parties, a French court today acquitted former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn of "aggravated pimping" charges, the Guardian reports. The 66-year-old Strauss-Kahn, often called simply "DSK" in France, had admitted to the Lille... More »

French Prosecutor: Acquit Strauss-Kahn of Pimping

As plaintiffs drop case against ex-IMF chief, it's looking more likely DSK will walk

(Newser) - He doesn't deny he's participated in orgies, that he enjoys "rough" sex with his "conquests," or that he needs a lot of it, per the AP . But Dominique Strauss-Kahn says he's no pimp, and a French prosecutor today asked for the acquittal of the... More »

International Criminal Court Issues First-Ever Acquittal

Ex-militia boss Mathieu Ngudjolo faced war crimes charges

(Newser) - The International Criminal Court has handed down its first acquittal. Judges in the Hague called for the "immediate release" of Congolese ex-militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo, who was accused of of commanding fighters who brought ruin to a Democratic Republic of Congo village in 2003, al-Jazeera reports. Presiding Judge Bruno... More »

NJ Man Acquitted in 1978 Murders

Defends self in mysterious disappearance of 5 boys

(Newser) - Some 33 years after five boys went missing, a man charged in their deaths has been acquitted. Lee Evans, who was arrested last year, was found not guilty on all counts, but there was “no jumping up and down or hooting and hollering. That type of feeling wasn’t... More »

Marcia Clark: Casey Anthony Verdict Crazier Than OJ's

Anthony wasn't a celebrity, and there was no Mark Fuhrman

(Newser) - When she heard the Casey Anthony verdict, Marcia Clark flashed back to how she felt when OJ Simpson was acquitted. “But this case was different. The verdict was far more shocking,” the ex-prosecutor in the Simpson case writes in the Daily Beast . Casey wasn’t a beloved celebrity,... More »

Pakistan Acquits CIA Worker in 'Blood Money' Deal

Raymond Davis released, ending US-Pakistan diplomatic standoff

(Newser) - On the same day he was indicted on two murder charges, CIA contractor Raymond Davis has been acquitted by a Pakistan court and released. The victims' families told the court "that they have accepted the blood money and they have pardoned him," the Punjab Law Minister tells Reuters... More »

Smithsonian Gets OJ's 'Acquittal Suit'

But museum says it's not a done deal

(Newser) - With OJ Simpson giving his agreement from prison, a judge approved a plan today to donate the suit the former NFL star was wearing when he was acquitted of murder to the Smithsonian. The deal ends a 13-year legal battle between Simpson's former sports agent, Mike Gilbert, and Fred Goldman,... More »

Jury Acquits Mom for Helping Daughter Die

British woman had been charged with attempted murder

(Newser) - A jury today acquitted a British woman who helped her 31-year-old disabled daughter commit suicide. Bridget Gilderdale, 55, had been charged with attempted murder after giving her daughter a cocktail of morphine and other drugs to help end her life. The daughter, Lynn Gilderdale, had been afflicted with the chronic... More »

2nd Marine Acquitted in Fallujah Killings

(Newser) - A Marine was acquitted today in a court-martial for civilian deaths during the battle for Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Sgt. Ryan Weemer acted in self defense and had orders to fire, there was no forensic evidence, and he was manipulated by investigators, his lawyers argued.... More »

For Goldmans, a Guilty OJ Verdict at Last

Family's dogged pursuit likely pushed him to Vegas robbery

(Newser) - Though the judge insisted OJ Simpson’s sentencing Friday had nothing to do with his 1995 murder trial, it felt like payback for Ron Goldman’s family, USA Today reports. “It’s been a long time coming,” said Goldman’s sister. And after a civil verdict ordered the... More »

Goldman's Dad Hails OJ Verdict

Fred Goldman hopes Simpson rots in jail

(Newser) - While much of the response to the guilty verdict against OJ Simpson has been mixed—and muted—the father of murder victim Ron Goldman is delighted, reports the New York Daily News. Fred Goldman said he was "thrilled to see that this SOB" will "hopefully go to jail... More »

Why R. Kelly Was Acquitted

Lack of testimony from alleged victim sowed doubt in jurors' minds

(Newser) - Jurors in the R. Kelly trial say it was the lack of testimony from the alleged victim—or  her parents—that swayed them towards acquittal, Time reports. One juror said he was sure it was Kelly in the sex tape at the heart of the case, but wasn't convinced of... More »

Jury Splits on Abu Ghraib Verdict

Colonel acquitted of abuse charges, convicted for talking about investigation

(Newser) - A military jury today acquitted Army Lt. Col. Steven Jordan, the only officer charged in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, of three charges relating to widespread prisoner abuse that led to global denunciations of US involvement in Iraq. Jordan was found guilty of one count of “willfully disobeying” a... More »

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