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  1. You are guaranteed a lawyer if you cannot afford one (in the U.S.) because a poor man was convicted unjustly, began reading law in prison, and wrote the Supreme Court, saying that he should have been given a lawyer despite his lack of money. He was retried and acquitted.

  2. Norm Macdonald was fired from Saturday Night Live because an NBC executive ordered him to lay off jokes targeting his buddy, O.J. Simpson & instead Macdonald did many more. When Simpson was acquitted, Macdonald opened with: “Well, it’s official: Murder is now legal in the state of California."

  3. In 1946, a black WWII veteran was taking a bus home in uniform, and asked the driver to stop for a bathroom break. The driver called the police, and the local chief of police arrested the man, beat him, and gouged out his eyes with a nightstick. The officer was acquitted by an all-white jury.

  4. The family of Ron Goldman (the guy OJ was acquitted of murdering) was awarded the rights to his infamous book "If I Did It" as a result of the civil trial, renamed it "Confessions of a Killer", then published it.

  5. In 2004, a Disney employee who played Tigger was acquitted of charges of allegedly fondling a 13-year-old girl in costume, when his defence attorney tried on the costume in court and demonstrated how hard it was to move the costumes oversized glove hands.

  6. In 1914 the wife of the French PM assassinated a newspaper editor to prevent him from leaking that she and her husband had been dating while still married to their previous spouses. She was acquitted for 'uncontrollable female emotions'

  7. Maimonides stated that "It is better and more satisfactory to acquit a thousand guilty persons than to put a single innocent one to death." Maimonides argued that executing a defendant on anything less than absolute certainty would lead to a slippery slope of decreasing burdens of proof.

  8. Talaat Pasha, mastermind of Armenian Genocide, was assassinated by an Armenian revolutionary and genocide survivor. Despite the assassination occurring in broad daylight, and with the assassin pleading guilty, he was acquitted by reason of temporary insanity. He is a national hero in Armenia.

  9. In 1855 the mayor of Los Angeles, Stephen Foster, convinced a mob to not kill an accused murderer, but to try him in a court of law. When the accused man was acquitted, the mayor resigned and led a lynch mob to kill the man. He was re-elected a year later.

  10. Mel Ignatow was acquitted of the murder of his girlfriend... selling his house to fund his defense. However, photos of him actually comitting the murder were found inside the house, but due to double-jeapordy laws, he couldn't be tried again

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John DeLorean was arrested by the FBI for conspiring to smuggle $24M worth of cocaine into the US while the DeLorean Motor Co was failing to raise money to survive. Claiming he was coerced into participation in the deal by FBI agents who approached him as legitimate investors, he was acquitted

Prior to British troops firing on civilians at the Boston Massacre in 1770, they were pelted with oyster shells, ice, stones, sticks, and beaten with clubs by an unruly mob. At the trial, the soldiers were successfully defended by none other than John Adams and all were acquitted of murder.

That, in 1818, an Englishman accused of murder demanded a trial by combat. Surprisingly, the law that allowed for trial by combat was still valid, and the man was acquitted when his accuser declined the offer of battle. Trial by combat was abolished the following year.

Colin Farrell was a suspect for attempted murder and was acquitted due to a journal entry from his friend stating the two were doing ecstasy across town.

After being caught by casino owners and prosecuted in court for cheating, the Hyland card counting team was acquitted of all charges after the judge ruled that the players' conduct was not cheating, but merely the use of intelligent strategy.

Otto Skorzeny, a Nazi commando during WWII, was tried for war crimes for having worn Allied uniforms to conduct missions behind the lines. He was acquitted after British commandos testified that they did the same during the war and convicting him would have meant an indictment against them.

Emmett Till, a 14-year-old who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 after flirting with a white woman. His killers were acquitted of the crime and later admitted to the murder. Till's mother had an open-casket funeral to display the injustice, helping spur the civil rights movement.

There have been several cases whereby identical twins are acquitted of crimes even though one of them is a definitely guilty as identical twins have almost identical DNA and legal system cannot afford to punish the wrong twin for the crime.

A lawyer was trying to prove, in a murder trial, that someone shot themselves, accidentally. While the lawyer was reenacting it he accidentally shot himself and died. He proved his point and the defendant was acquitted, only to be shot himself a few years later.

When Governor Len Small of Illinois was acquitted of embezzlement, eight of the jurors who made the decision received state jobs

A Louisville man was acquitted of killing his girlfriend. 6 mos later, rolls of film were found in his former home with photos of him torturing and murdering her. Double jeopardy prevented a retrial, but he was charged with perjury for testifying that he didn't do it

The trial of Auschwitz staff acquitted only one man - SS member Hans Münch. Former prisoners testified on his behalf, as he refused to participate in inmate selection and appealed for better rations. Münch later spoke out against Holocaust denial.

Congressman James Traficant was indicted for allegedly taking more than a $100K in bribes during his campaign for county sheriff. At trial, Traficant claimed that he was simply trying to infiltrate the Mafia. “I got inside of the Mob,” he insisted, adding, “I fucked the Mob.” He was acquitted.

Two women, born on the same day but 157 years apart, died on the same day. They were killed in the same spot, both by a man with the surname Thornton. Both men were acquitted of their murders

A California Congressman once shot and killed a waiter, for being refused breakfast because it was too late in the morning. He was acquitted of manslaughter by a sympathetic jury.

Brian Banks, a star football player with a promising NFL career, who was sent to prison at 17 after being accused of sexual violence. After serving 5 years in prison, the woman confessed she made it up. Although he was acquitted, his dream NFL career never happened and she never served time.

Killing someone to prevent the theft of property is legal in Texas. A jury used that standard to acquit a man who shot a prostitute who ran away with his money in 2013.

In 1999 a mentally ill man was arrested for plotting to kill sheriff Joe Arpaio with a pipe bomb. Saville was acquitted four years later when it was discovered that Arpaio's detectives had purchased the bomb parts themselves and framed Saville in a publicity stunt to boost approval ratings.

Texas Billionaire T. Cullen Davis hired a hit man to kill his wife which caused the death of his stepdaughter. He later was caught on tape arranging for a hit man to kill his wife and the judge overseeing his divorce proceedings. He was acquitted both times.

A Disneyland employee working as Winnie the Pooh went to court for slapping a child. After recess, the man returned in costume, jigged, and answered questions on the stand in full character. The jury acquitted him after seeing the costume's short arms disallowed slapping someone at child height.

A man arrested for getting naked at the Portland, OR airport was acquitted of indecent exposure charges because he convinced a judge it was a form of protest.

About Isaac Woodard, an African-American World War II veteran who was beaten and blinded by police officers in South Carolina hours after being honorably discharged from the United States Army, the sheriff in charge of the attack was acquitted by an all-white jury

Hans Münch, an SS physician who refused to assist in the murder of inmates at Auschwitz. He was the only member of the SS at Auschwitz acquitted entirely, mostly due to hundreds of inmates testifying in his favor.

Director John Landis violated child labour laws & ignored warnings in a Twilight Zone scene with a helicopter & explosives. This resulted in the decapitation of Vic Morrow & a child actor, the death of another child actor, & the loss of the helicopter. He was acquitted of all charges.

John Adams, before becoming the second U.S. President, was the lawyer who defended the British soldiers responsible for the Boston Massacre. Six of the soldiers were acquitted, while the other two were convicted of manslaughter and given reduced sentences.