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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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  • Players: Kerr's marijuana admission could spark dialogue

    Sun, 04 Dec 2016 01:23:27 GMT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — David West has undergone four surgeries in his long NBA career: left knee, right elbow and right foot twice to fix a couple of toes.

  • Police use 'fake news' in sting aimed at California gang

    Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:52:24 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police investigating a notorious gang in a city on California's central coast issued a fake press release that the chief credited with saving two men by deceiving gang members who wanted to kill them, but the ruse was criticized by news organizations who reported it as fact.

  • Toronto doctor charged with murdering his wife

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:56:10 GMT

    TORONTO (AP) — A Toronto neurosurgeon appeared in court Saturday to face a first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife, a family physician.

  • Deliberations by Texas jury prompts missing person report

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:38:54 GMT

    WACO, Texas (AP) — One juror in a Central Texas robbery trial apparently forgot to tell her family she'd be working late deliberating in the case, prompting relatives to file a missing person report.

  • Authorities: Florida man killed himself before deputy fired

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:44:10 GMT

    BRANDON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say that a man shot and killed himself in a Wal-Mart parking lot right before a deputy fired at him.

  • SWAT team shoots man to death after Louisiana deputy shot

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:27:19 GMT

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Authorities say SWAT team officers shot a man to death when they stormed a house after the man shot a sheriff's deputy.

  • The Latest: Firefighters unloading stretchers at burned site

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 22:13:48 GMT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly fire in a converted warehouse in Oakland, California (all times local):

  • Campus attack could be latest terror case in heartland state

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:30:03 GMT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities are investigating terrorism as a possible motive in the car-and-knife attack on the Ohio State University campus, the latest in a series of cases involving young men who apparently became radicalized in the heartland state.

  • The Latest: California governor expresses sadness in fire

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:00:03 GMT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly fire in a converted warehouse in Oakland, California (all times local):

  • Road rage ends in McKnight's death; criticism of case looms

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:40:00 GMT

    HARVEY, La. (AP) — A road rage incident possibly sparked by a driver cutting off another on a nearby bridge spiraled into a shooting that left an ex-NFL player dead, authorities said, amid criticism the shooter was allowed to go free.

  • Landlord charged with trespassing for sex in renters' bed

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:35:05 GMT

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado landlord faces a felony trespassing charge after a renter with a video security system caught the man having sex in his apartment.

  • The Latest: Official says partygoers got out or were trapped

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:29:15 GMT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly fire in a converted warehouse in Oakland, California (all times local):

  • Teenager arrested, charged in classmate's decapitation

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:27:35 GMT

    LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A 16-year-old has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of his 16-year-old classmate whose headless body was found near the Merrimack River in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

  • 2 women charged in death of boy who was starved, burned

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:02:48 GMT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two Milwaukee women were charged Saturday with child neglect and other counts in the death of a 7-year-old boy who was starved, burned with cigarettes, beaten and whipped with cords.

  • Professor fatally stabbed on USC campus, student arrested

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:46:20 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A graduate student arrested on suspicion of stabbing to death the professor who oversaw his work at the University of Southern California was being held on $1 million bail Saturday as their shocked colleagues began processing the news

  • A look at some of the worst nightclub, music venue fires

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:42:20 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — A fatal fire Friday night at a party in a converted warehouse in the San Francisco Bay Area has claimed the lives of at least nine people. More than two dozen are still unaccounted for. Fire officials say the roof collapsed during a music event.

  • Chelsea apologizes to victim of sex abuse

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:22:28 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — Chelsea has apologized to a former player who was sexually abused while a member of the club's youth team, and said Saturday it was "inappropriate" to pay him 50,000 pounds ($77,500) to keep the matter out of the public domain.

  • Morocco arrests suspect tied to thwarted French attack plot

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:20:56 GMT

    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan police have arrested a "dangerous element" who allegedly served as a liaison between the Islamic State group and members of a French cell dismantled last month while allegedly planning an attack, the state-run MAP news agency reported Saturday.

  • Muslim cleric heads back to court to fight off deportation

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:52:04 GMT

    PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — The leader of one of New Jersey's largest mosques is heading to court to fight from being deported after federal authorities say he lied on his green card application.

  • Florida deputy shoots man in Wal-Mart parking lot

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:47:11 GMT

    BRANDON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida are investigating after a man was shot and killed by a Florida deputy sheriff in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store.

  • Police: 'Postal Grinch' caught opening post office packages

    Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:23:03 GMT

    BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is being accused of being a Christmas Grinch after authorities say he broke into a post office and tried to steal packages.