February 27th, 2012
10:10 AM ET

Former Spanish judge acquitted of abusing power

Spain's best-known judge was acquitted Monday of improperly investigating human rights abuses under the former dictatorship of Francisco Franco.

However, Judge Baltasar Garzon remains under suspension. He was removed from the bench by Spain's judicial authority last week following his conviction in a second case. The nation's Supreme Court said Garzon improperly ordered wiretaps while investigating a financial corruption case.

Monday's acquittal was on a 6-1 ruling, according to a court spokesman.

Earlier this month, the court dropped a third case against Garzon, saying the statute of limitations had expired on alleged abuse involving some courses he taught at New York University years ago.

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  1. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    If mankind were meant to pop out of bed, we would sleep in toasters.

    February 27, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Garçon, more wine, please.
    Oops, wrong name...

    February 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |