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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.

Top Headlines

  • Suspect jailed in NC courthouse shooting

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:55:49 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A suspect has been taken into custody in the shooting at a North Carolina courthouse that wounded two men.

  • Gunfire, arrests erupt as Giants fans revel in win

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:53:14 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The celebration in San Francisco's streets over the Giants' World Series victory turned raucous and violent in some areas with people injured by gunfire, officers hurt by bottles thrown by revelers, and police making arrests.

  • Police: 2 anti-violence organizers beat ex-roomie

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:43:52 GMT

    WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Police say two western Pennsylvania community organizers with a local Stop the Violence group severely beat a former roommate with whom they had a property dispute.

  • Lewan makes plea deal in Michigan assault case

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:10:30 GMT

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Tennessee Titans rookie Taylor Lewan has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors to resolve an assault case involving an Ohio State fan.

  • Company: German man kidnapped in Nigeria is free

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:08:26 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — The company that employed a German man kidnapped in Nigeria last week says he has been freed.

  • Amid murder case, Philippines says US pact stays

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:54:26 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A security pact that allows thousands of American troops to join large-scale combat exercises in the Philippines is "imperfect" but Manila is unlikely to amend it, the country's top diplomat said Thursday.

  • Israeli police kill suspected Palestinian shooter

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:19:25 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Thursday shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of trying to kill a hard-line Jewish activist in Jerusalem, an incident that quickly sparked clashes between masked stone throwers and Israeli riot police, threatening to further enflame the already high tensions in the city.

  • German 'Autobahn sniper' sentenced to 10 ½ years

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:58:29 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany has sentenced a trucker to 10 ½ years in prison for shooting at fellow drivers more than 700 times over a five-year period.

  • South Korea soldiers convicted in hazing death

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:15:30 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean military court sentenced six soldiers to up to 45 years in prison on Thursday for bullying and beating a subordinate who died, the Defense Ministry said.

  • Iran foils sabotage attempt on heavy water tanks

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:28:44 GMT

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have foiled a sabotage attempt involving tanks used for the transportation of heavy water, a key component in nuclear reactors, an Iranian newspaper reported on Thursday.

  • Marine recharged in Iraq war case back in court

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:49:02 GMT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Defense lawyers say the Marine Corps should not be retrying a Marine sergeant whose murder conviction in a major Iraq war crime case was overturned by the military's highest court after he served half of his 11-year sentence.

  • Elaborate FBI repairman ruse shown in videos

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:24:33 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wearing a lapel camera and posing as an Internet repairman, an undercover government agent walked into a luxury villa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and recorded everything he saw as part of a major international gambling bust.

  • Elaborate FBI repairmen ruse shown in videos

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:17:07 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An undercover government agent wearing a lapel camera and posing as an Internet repairman recorded everything he saw as part of an international gambling bust in a luxury villa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in July.

  • Man's own dog helps police bust him on drug charge

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 05:33:13 GMT

    PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Police in central Alabama say a man's own dog helped officers bust him on a drug charge.

  • Today in History

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:00:24 GMT

    Today is Thursday, Oct. 30, the 303rd day of 2014. There are 62 days left in the year.

  • Walker lifts Hornets over Bucks in OT, 108-106

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:24:14 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker didn't waste any time at all providing the Charlotte Hornets with a return on their investment.

  • Midwest rappers, others charged with fraud

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:07:37 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Members of an Indiana-based rap group called RACK Boyz and other suspects from Illinois made hundreds of thousands of dollars in a bank fraud scheme that included wooing participants through social media and Internet videos, federal and state authorities said Wednesday.

  • Florida State player subject to university inquiry

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:34:14 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State running back Karlos Williams is subject to a Title IX investigation by the university for his role in a possible domestic battery case.

  • Suge Knight, Katt Williams charged with robbery

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:04:45 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Suge Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested and charged with robbery Wednesday after a celebrity photographer reported the men stole her camera last month.

  • Ohio trooper pleads guilty to civil rights charges

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:56:35 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former state trooper accused of forcing female motorists into sexual acts in exchange for dropping traffic charges pleaded guilty on Wednesday to violating their civil rights.

  • Hornets' Taylor pleads guilty to domestic violence

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:19:22 GMT

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor pleaded guilty Wednesday to a domestic violence charge and admitted he pushed his girlfriend at a hotel in Michigan.