Acquittals

Amanda Knox and her fiancee Christopher Robinson attend a conference during a Criminal Justice Festival at the University of Modena, Italy, Friday, June, 2019. Knox, a former American exchange student who became the focus of a sensational murder case, arrived in Italy Thursday for the first time since an appeals court acquitted her in 2011 in the slaying of her British roommate. (Elisabetta Baracchi/ANSA via AP)
June 14, 2019 - 7:18 am
ROME (AP) — The lawyer of the family of slain British student Meredith Kercher has described Amanda Knox's invitation to the Italian Criminal Justice Festival as "inappropriate." Knox, a former American exchange student who became the focus of a sensational murder case, arrived Thursday in Italy...
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Amanda Knox is approached by a journalist upon her arrival in Linate airport, Milan, Italy, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Knox has returned to Italy for the first time since she was convicted and imprisoned, but ultimately acquitted, for the murder and sexual assault of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in the university town of Perugia in 2007. Knox is in Italy to attend a conference in Modena organized by the Italy Innocence Project, which seeks to help people who have been convicted for crimes they did not commit. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
June 13, 2019 - 6:24 am
MILAN (AP) — Amanda Knox has arrived in Italy for the first time since she was acquitted by an appeals court in October 2011 in the murder of her British roommate in the university town of Perugia. Knox arrived at Milan's Linate airport on Thursday en route to the northern city of Modena, where she...
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William Strampel, former dean at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University leaves Ingham County Circuit Court after a jury found him guilty of misconduct in office and two charges of willful neglect of duty, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at Veterans Memorial Courthouse in Lansing, Mich. Strampel, 71, had been accused of abusing his power to sexually proposition and harass female students and not enforcing patient restrictions imposed on Larry Nassar following a 2014 complaint. Jurors found him not guilty of felony criminal sexual conduct in the second degree, a charge that could have sent him to prison for up to 15 years for grabbing the buttocks of at least one student. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)
June 12, 2019 - 4:24 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former dean who had oversight of now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar at Michigan State University was found guilty Wednesday of neglect of duty and misconduct in office but acquitted on a more serious criminal sexual conduct charge. William Strampel, the ex-dean of the...
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Kim Goldman poses for a portrait Friday, June 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. Goldman has continued to make the case publicly that it was O.J. Simpson who killed her brother and Simpson's ex-wife on a June night in 1994. Beginning Wednesday, Goldman will examine the case in a 10-episode podcast, "Confronting: OJ Simpson." She'll interview her brother's old friends, the police detective who investigated the killings, attorneys for the defense and prosecution, and two of the 12 jurors who voted to acquit Simpson. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
June 10, 2019 - 1:23 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ron Goldman was not just Kim Goldman's big brother. He was her hero and protector, the guy who pulled a terrified teenager from a devastating car wreck 34 years ago and rode to the hospital in the ambulance with her. The person every guy had to go through if they wanted to ask...
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FILE - In a June 11, 2019 file photo, Claus von Bulow with attorney Thomas Puccio at press conference in law offices of Strook and Strook and Lavan in New York. Claus von Bulow, who was convicted but later acquitted of trying to kill his wealthy wife in two trials that drew intense international attention in the 1980s, died Saturday, May 25, 2019 in London, said his son Riccardo Pavoncelli. He was 92. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)
May 30, 2019 - 5:52 pm
LONDON (AP) — Danish-born socialite Claus von Bulow, who was convicted but later acquitted of trying to kill his wealthy wife in two trials that drew intense international attention in the 1980s, has died. He was 92. Von Bulow, who moved to London after he was cleared, died at his home there on...
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Former Beta Theta Pi house manager Braxton Becker, center, leaves the Centre County Courthouse after being found guilty of one misdemeanor on Thursday, May 30, 2019 in Bellefonte, Pa. Becker was accused of intentionally deleting basement video from the fraternity house after Penn State sophomore Timothy Piazza fell down the steps in 2017. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP)
May 30, 2019 - 5:27 pm
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — The former manager of a Penn State fraternity where a pledge fell during a night of hazing and drinking and later died has been convicted of hindering apprehension but acquitted of evidence tampering and obstruction. The Centre Daily Times reported a jury deliberated about...
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CORRECTS YEAR OF CASE TO 2016, NOT 2017 - In this Tuesday, April 30, 2019 photo, Cash Spencer poses for a photo in Portland, Ore. Spencer was a dissenting juror in a sodomy case in the 2016 conviction of Olan Williams. Oregon is the last state to allow split juries in criminal cases. Just ten of twelve jurors need agree for a guilty verdict. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
May 08, 2019 - 7:12 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After a jury convicted an Oregon man of having sex with a passed-out partygoer, one of the jurors left the courthouse and wept. Cash Spencer and three other jurors believed the defendant was innocent, but after a lunch break, one changed her mind. Hours later, another changed...
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In this March 27, 2015 photo Amanda Knox talks to reporters outside her mother's home, in Seattle, WA, United States. Knox says she is returning to Italy for the first time since she was convicted and imprisoned, but ultimately acquitted, for the murder and sexual assault of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in the university hilltop town of Perugia. Knox on Twitter that “I'm honored to accept their invitation to speak to the Italian people at this historic event and return to Italy for the first time” after she was invited to attend a conference June 14-15 in Modena organized by the Italy Innocence Project, which seeks to help people who have been convicted for crimes they did not commit. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
May 08, 2019 - 11:29 am
ROME (AP) — Amanda Knox is returning to Italy for the first time since she was convicted and imprisoned, but ultimately acquitted, in the murder and sexual assault of her British roommate in the hilltop university town of Perugia. The 31-year-old American was invited to attend a conference June 13-...
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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2010, file photo, Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman, listens to officials at a prison in Sheikhupura near Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistani media say Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row, has left Pakistan for Canada to be reunited with her daughters. Wilson Chawdhry of the British Pakistani Christian Association told The Associated Press on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, he received a telephone text message from a British diplomat stating simply that “Aasia is out.” (AP Photo, File)
May 08, 2019 - 10:43 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after spending eight years on death row in Pakistan, but who still faced death threats from Islamic extremists upon her release, flew to Canada on Wednesday to join her daughters, Pakistani officials and others involved in the case said...
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Marchers move through the streets Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The group was calling for justice the day after former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld was acquitted in the homicide trial where he was charged with shooting and killing 17-year-old Antwon Rose II last summer near Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
March 23, 2019 - 5:56 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The father of a slain black teenager pleaded for peace Saturday after the acquittal of a white police officer triggered an apparent retaliatory shooting at the defense attorney's office and touched off protests in the streets of Pittsburgh. Police put officers on 12-hour shifts...
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