Imelda Marcos, the widow of the former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., was acquitted on July 2, 1990 of the charges saying that she and her family raided the country's treasury and invested the money in the United States.
Mrs. Marcos, with her lips trembling, looked to the ceiling As the jury forewoman announced, ''Not guilty,'' four times. With that, Mrs. Marcos wept and a gallery filled with supporters from her homeland cried out and cheered in triumph.
The jurors said they were not convinced that Mrs. Marcos knew about any wrongdoing, and questioned why the case was tried in the United States. On their very first ballot, in the first moments of deliberations, they voted 10 to 2 to acquit her.
The verdict ended a case that began more than four years ago, almost immediately after Mrs. Marcos's husband, Ferdinand, fled the Philippines and after the new Philippine Government tried to seize the Marcoses' vast worldwide wealth.
The case endured even after Mr. Marcos died September 1989 culminating in a three-month trial that tested a novel concept in American jurisprudence: whether the wife of a foreign head of state should face a criminal trial in a United States court.
Judge John F. Keenan said to former Philippine President Corazon Aquino, "Mrs. Aquino can enforce her own laws. I don't want to be enforcing her laws here."