Philippe Val, Publisher of Charlie Hebdo, Acquitted in France Earlier Today
News wires are starting to crackle with word that the publisher of the weekly Charlie Hebdowas found not guilty on the charge of "public defamation of a group of people because of their religion." The magazine published three caricatures of Muhammed in February 2006. Val had been facing a $30K fine and six months in jail. One of the complainants, the Union of Islamic Organizations in France, has already said it will appeal.