Updated at 8:15 a.m. ET
Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday announced the acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy in a case that has roiled the country.
In the courtroom, it took less a minute for the chief justice, Saqib Nisar, to upturn a series of legal rulings that had kept Bibi on death row for eight years.
In terse remarks to the hushed, packed courtroom, he said that Bibi's conviction and sentence had been voided.