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July 13, 2013 | By John M. Glionna and Carolyn Cole
SANFORD, Fla. - Not guilty. The jury verdict ended a case that has gripped America for weeks, sending a clamor of outrage through those who were convinced that George Zimmerman committed murder when he shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in a confrontation at a gated community in Florida. For others, there were proclamations that justice had been done. The prosecution, they said, never proved that the 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer set out to kill Martin that night in February 2012.
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January 18, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
Hundreds of demonstrators are expected to gather Saturday at the Fullerton Police Department to protest the recent acquittal of two officers charged with the death of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic  homeless man. The trial of Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli played out for nearly three weeks in a Santa Ana courtroom, but the jury deliberated just two days, handing down their verdict Monday. The shocking decision led to a rallying cry by an organization that calls itself A California Campaign to STOP Police Brutality.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
When Tina Kinser showed up at the Fullerton police station Saturday morning she had a flashback to the summer of 2011. Almost everything seemed the same. The demands for justice blaring out of bullhorns. The people holding signs with pictures of her brother's bloodied face. And the way the crowd of protesters swelled so big it spilled onto Commonwealth Avenue. "It looks just like the protest I came to two years ago," said Kinser, the youngest sister of Kelly Thomas, the homeless man with schizophrenia who died after being beaten unconscious by Fullerton police officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
When Tina Kinser showed up at the Fullerton police station Saturday morning she had a flashback to the summer of 2011. Almost everything seemed the same. The demands for justice blaring out of bullhorns. The people holding signs with pictures of her brother's bloodied face. And the way the crowd of protesters swelled so big it spilled onto Commonwealth Avenue. "It looks just like the protest I came to two years ago," said Kinser, the youngest sister of Kelly Thomas, the homeless man with schizophrenia who died after being beaten unconscious by Fullerton police officers.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The George Zimmerman trial was a friend to cable TV news until the end, with big ratings for Saturday night's verdict. More than 10 million total viewers watched the culmination of the month-long trial live on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC on Saturday, according to Nielsen. A jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. The case had attracted national attention and sparked racial tensions. Fox led the way, with 3.7 million during the 10 to 11 p.m. hour, when the not-guilty verdict was delivered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
Hundreds of demonstrators are expected to gather Saturday at the Fullerton Police Department to protest the recent acquittal of two officers charged with the death of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic  homeless man. The trial of Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli played out for nearly three weeks in a Santa Ana courtroom, but the jury deliberated just two days, handing down their verdict Monday. The shocking decision led to a rallying cry by an organization that calls itself A California Campaign to STOP Police Brutality.
NATIONAL
July 14, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The trial is over, George Zimmerman has been acquitted, and the earliest demonstrations after the Florida verdict Saturday night came and went mostly in peace. Yet if the high drama has ended over the legal question of whether Zimmerman would be punished for the 2012 slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., writers have begun confronting the legal and moral implications of a not-guilty verdict. Here's a sample of some of those early reactions. At BuzzFeed, Elliot Felig, a former assistant district attorney, focused on the legal mechanics of the prosecution.
WORLD
October 31, 2003 | From Reuters
Italy's highest court on Thursday overturned a murder conviction against former Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, ruling that he was not guilty of charges that he had ordered the Mafia killing of a journalist. The Court of Cassation annulled a verdict by a lower court last November that had convicted the seven-time prime minister and sentenced him to 24 years in prison.
NATIONAL
July 13, 2013 | By Devin Kelly and Robert Faturechi
As expected, social media erupted Saturday night when  George Zimmerman was found not guilty on Saturday of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.  The reactions that poured in from around the country ranged from agreement with the verdict to outrage. A number of Twitter users also expressed sympathy for Martin's family.  The entire trial was widely discussed and tracked on social media. Thousands tweeted and posted on Facebook with hashtags such as #Zimmerman and #StandWithTrayvon.
NATIONAL
July 14, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
SANFORD, Fla. - A day after George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, this city and the nation tried to come to grips with the aftermath of a trial that exposed strained race relations and raised questions about the use of guns. For the first time since the Feb. 26, 2012, incident, Zimmerman on Sunday was free of any criminal implications in the shooting of Martin, an unarmed African American teenager.   After deliberated more than 16 hours, a jury of six women returned its verdict Saturday night, finding Zimmerman, 29, not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.  PHOTOS: The controversial case in pictures But that doesn't mean Zimmerman's woes are over.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Two former Fullerton police officers accused of beating a homeless man to death in a crowded bus depot  were found not guilty on all charges Monday, ending a case prosecutors said offered jurors an opportunity to send the public a "message. " Both Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli lowered their heads as the verdicts were read. The family of the homeless man, Kelly Thomas, sobbed as the court clerk read the "not guilty" verdicts. The verdict comes after three weeks of testimony but only one full day of jury deliberation.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The George Zimmerman trial was a friend to cable TV news until the end, with big ratings for Saturday night's verdict. More than 10 million total viewers watched the culmination of the month-long trial live on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC on Saturday, according to Nielsen. A jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. The case had attracted national attention and sparked racial tensions. Fox led the way, with 3.7 million during the 10 to 11 p.m. hour, when the not-guilty verdict was delivered.
NATIONAL
July 14, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
SANFORD, Fla. - A day after George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, this city and the nation tried to come to grips with the aftermath of a trial that exposed strained race relations and raised questions about the use of guns. For the first time since the Feb. 26, 2012, incident, Zimmerman on Sunday was free of any criminal implications in the shooting of Martin, an unarmed African American teenager.   After deliberated more than 16 hours, a jury of six women returned its verdict Saturday night, finding Zimmerman, 29, not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.  PHOTOS: The controversial case in pictures But that doesn't mean Zimmerman's woes are over.
NATIONAL
July 14, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The trial is over, George Zimmerman has been acquitted, and the earliest demonstrations after the Florida verdict Saturday night came and went mostly in peace. Yet if the high drama has ended over the legal question of whether Zimmerman would be punished for the 2012 slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., writers have begun confronting the legal and moral implications of a not-guilty verdict. Here's a sample of some of those early reactions. At BuzzFeed, Elliot Felig, a former assistant district attorney, focused on the legal mechanics of the prosecution.
NATIONAL
July 13, 2013 | By Devin Kelly and Robert Faturechi
As expected, social media erupted Saturday night when  George Zimmerman was found not guilty on Saturday of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.  The reactions that poured in from around the country ranged from agreement with the verdict to outrage. A number of Twitter users also expressed sympathy for Martin's family.  The entire trial was widely discussed and tracked on social media. Thousands tweeted and posted on Facebook with hashtags such as #Zimmerman and #StandWithTrayvon.
NATIONAL
July 13, 2013 | By John M. Glionna and Carolyn Cole
SANFORD, Fla. - Not guilty. The jury verdict ended a case that has gripped America for weeks, sending a clamor of outrage through those who were convinced that George Zimmerman committed murder when he shot unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in a confrontation at a gated community in Florida. For others, there were proclamations that justice had been done. The prosecution, they said, never proved that the 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer set out to kill Martin that night in February 2012.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1990 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Gardena man who was tried twice for murder for an allegedly threatening act that provoked a police officer to fire a shot that killed another man was acquitted of the charge Monday. Mack Charles Moore, 28, had faced a sentence of 15 years to life if convicted on the single murder count, which stemmed from a March 24, 1989, drug raid on a Budlong Avenue apartment in Gardena.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Two former Fullerton police officers accused of beating a homeless man to death in a crowded bus depot  were found not guilty on all charges Monday, ending a case prosecutors said offered jurors an opportunity to send the public a "message. " Both Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli lowered their heads as the verdicts were read. The family of the homeless man, Kelly Thomas, sobbed as the court clerk read the "not guilty" verdicts. The verdict comes after three weeks of testimony but only one full day of jury deliberation.
NATIONAL
March 8, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
Like a grandma dogged by bad luck at the bingo table, federal prosecutors in Alabama have failed for a second time to score any courtroom convictions in the state's high-profile political corruption and gambling case. On Wednesday, a jury found six defendants -- including Milton McGregor, owner of the VictoryLand casino; two former state senators and a sitting senator -- not guilty of charges stemming from accusations that they either offered or accepted bribes related to a 2010 gambling bill, according to the Birmingham News . A casino developer, two lobbyists and a state representative pleaded guilty to corruption-related charges after an extensive federal investigation and testified against the defendants in court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2006 | John Balzar, Times Staff Writer
The public defenders at the Norwalk courthouse begin the day with pancakes and strawberries. Attorney Michelle Paffile won a not guilty verdict in a trial, and by tradition she must bring treats for the 14 other public defenders and the staff assigned to this suburban courthouse in southeast Los Angeles County. This was an especially sweet victory for the young attorney, and she's gone all out on this recent Wednesday with mounds of cakes and berries and whipped cream.
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