The United States' criminal case against Osama bin Laden has officially ended after a federal judge in New York today signed an order dropping the prosecution on a 1998 indictment because the defendant had been killed. Dow Jones' Chad Bray has the background: 

Bin Laden had been accused of helping plan truck bombings outside U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya that killed 224 people and injured thousands.

The charges were formally dismissed Friday through a so-called nolle prosequi filing in a Manhattan federal court by the U.S. Department of Justice as a result of his death.