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Ever since there have been laws, there have been people who have broken them. Crimes can range from small crimes, such as petty theft, to capital offenses like first degree murder. Those suspected of committing crimes have rights during the criminal justice process, and even those convicted of crimes enjoy protections during their punishment. Criminal law frequently changes to adjust to new social realities, and criminal cases often test the bounds of what is punishable under the law. FindLaw’s Crime News is the foremost online source of news regarding criminal law and criminal cases, and contains current event reporting as well as legal articles from FindLaw authors and analysis on legal developments by attorney experts.

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  • Man with knife arrested in brief Netherlands hostage-taking

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 09:21:35 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — Dutch police quickly arrested a man armed with a knife who briefly held a woman hostage Thursday at a radio station building in the Netherlands.

  • Confederate monuments removed or vandalized across the US

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:36:38 GMT

    Confederate monuments are being removed around the country under pressure from those who say they honor a regime that enslaved African-Americans. The pace has increased, however, in the wake of last weekend's deadly confrontation at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

  • Hamas militant killed by suicide bomber in Gaza

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:35:05 GMT

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Hamas militant group ruling Gaza says one of its fighters was killed by a suicide bomber on Thursday while trying to stop the attacker from crossing into Egypt.

  • Israel destroys home of Palestinian who killed officer

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:33:24 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military says forces have demolished the home of a Palestinian involved in attacks that killed a young female police officer in Jerusalem.

  • Man arrested in brief Netherlands hostage-taking

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:07:33 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — Dutch police say a man armed with a knife who briefly held a woman hostage at a radio station in the Netherlands has been arrested.

  • Attorneys for Pulse shooter's wife fighting sanctions

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:07:29 GMT

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys representing the wife of the Florida night club shooter could face sanctions by a federal judge.

  • Hong Kong activist Wong braces for possible prison sentence

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 07:16:44 GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Young Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and two other student leaders of huge pro-democracy protests in 2014 braced for a court decision Thursday that could send them to prison.

  • Overdoses on the road: Drugged driving rises as a menace

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 05:10:20 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An SUV crashed after all four occupants overdosed on heroin in North Carolina. The same day, a man in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, grabbed the steering wheel after his grandson lost consciousness while driving. Police in the city of 30,000 responded to 11 other overdose reports that day, including a woman who crashed her car just before a highway entrance.

  • Fugitive's trail exposes Red Bull co-owners' offshore deals

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:42:31 GMT

    The Bangkok billionaire family that co-founded Red Bull, the world's leading energy drink, uses offshore companies to cloak purchases of jets and luxury properties, including the posh London home where the clan's fugitive son was last seen.

  • The Latest: Nude suspect sits on Los Angeles harbor crane

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:29:07 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a car theft suspect perched on a crane in Los Angeles harbor (all times local):

  • Review: Minnesota properly handled football suspensions

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 02:14:09 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota followed law and policy properly when it suspended 10 football players last fall following an accusation of sexual assault, according to an external review commissioned by the university's Board of Regents.

  • Remains found in northwest Missouri identified as teen's

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:00:55 GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Bones found in a rural area in the spring are those of a 17-year-old northwest Missouri girl, family members and authorities said Wednesday, bringing them closer to solving a 10-year mystery that began when the teen walked out of her high school and disappeared.

  • No house arrest while woman appeals murder plot conviction

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:59:16 GMT

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A former escort convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill her newlywed husband is heading to prison after a Florida judge denied her request to go free on house arrest as she appeals.

  • Driver of Texas trailer indicted for 10 passengers' deaths

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:45:06 GMT

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The driver of a tractor-trailer packed with people illegally entering the United States in an alleged human smuggling operation was indicted Wednesday on charges related to the deaths of 10 people inside.

  • Catholic school teacher convicted of child rape freed early

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:08:31 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Catholic school teacher convicted of raping a child was released more than a decade early from prison on Wednesday after a judge threw out his conviction amid questions about his accuser's truthfulness.

  • NY Times' editorial page editor: No apology for Sarah Palin

    Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:07:08 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's lawyer seemed to be fishing for an apology as he grilled an editorial page editor at The New York Times in a federal courtroom on Wednesday.

  • Venezuela govt links dissident ex-prosecutor to extortion

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:45:28 GMT

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities raided the house of ousted chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega on Wednesday and said they would seek the arrest of her husband for allegedly running a $6 million extortion ring with corrupt prosecutors under her supervision.

  • Tractor-trailer driver indicted in Texas in an alleged human smuggling operation that led to the deaths of 10 people.

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:35:58 GMT

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tractor-trailer driver indicted in Texas in an alleged human smuggling operation that led to the deaths of 10 people.

  • Trial for Guatemala ex-officials in deadly youth home fire

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:34:27 GMT

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A judge in Guatemala has ordered two ex-officials to stand trial in connection with the death of 41 girls in a fire at a state-run home for troubled youth.

  • Video shows Texas deputy removing woman's pants for search

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:24:28 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston lawyer has released dashcam video that appears to show a sheriff's deputy removing the pants of a handcuffed woman pinned to the ground to perform a body cavity search.

  • Authorities: MS-13 members killed man in bid to gain stature

    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:11:56 GMT

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A group of MS-13 members lured a Long Island man into a car with the promise of marijuana and sex and took him to a secluded nature preserve where they fatally attacked him with knives and machetes to boost their stature within the ruthless gang, police said Wednesday.