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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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  • Woman who set off pipe bombs appears before judge

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:57:24 GMT

    GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A judge gave Celia Savage a break in February when he sentenced her to probation after federal authorities found pipe bombs and guns in her home during a raid. He warned her not to make him look like a fool.

  • South Africa: Suspect arrested in soccer killing

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:47:38 GMT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A suspect has been charged with the murder of Senzo Meyiwa, South Africa's national soccer team captain, authorities said Friday.

  • Jury could start deliberating in Fla. hazing trial

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:43:39 GMT

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys are set to give closing arguments in the case of a former Florida A&M University band member charged with manslaughter and hazing in the death of a drum major who was beaten on a band bus during a hazing ritual.

  • Crews to begin work to recover Kansas victims

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:19:54 GMT

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The bodies of four people who died when a small plane crashed into a flight training facility at a Kansas airport remain at the site as authorities assess what needs to be done to make the building safe to enter.

  • South Africa: suspect arrested in soccer killing

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:16:28 GMT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African official says a suspect has appeared in court on a murder charge for the killing of Senzo Meyiwa, the national soccer team captain.

  • Los Angeles airport shooting lessons linger

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:10:15 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A year after a man walked into Los Angeles International Airport with an assault rifle and vendetta against security screeners, efforts are still underway to prepare for such attacks.

  • South African official says a suspect faces murder charge in killing of soccer team captain

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:04:10 GMT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African official says a suspect faces murder charge in killing of soccer team captain.

  • Trooper ambush suspect in court after long manhunt

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:48:57 GMT

    MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — Onlookers shouted "Are you sorry?" and "Why did you do it?" as a gaunt and battered-looking Eric Frein — the survivalist suspected in the ambush slaying of a Pennsylvania state trooper — was led from court Friday, the morning after his capture ended a grueling seven-week manhunt.

  • NY judge dismisses murder charge in 1986 killing

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:32:24 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Miami man charged in the fatal shooting of a New York City restaurant owner in 1986 is a free man after a judge dismissed his murder case after finding prosecutors took too long to charge him.

  • Trick-or-treating back on after manhunt ends

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:28:27 GMT

    CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Trick-or-treating was back on Friday in a northeastern Pennsylvania town that spent the last seven weeks under siege as hundreds of law enforcement officers searched for the survivalist accused of fatally shooting one state trooper and injuring another.

  • Embattled Ferguson chief criticizes Holder remarks

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:09:26 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The embattled police chief of the suburban St. Louis town where a white officer's fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old remains under investigation has criticized Attorney General Eric Holder's recent call for "wholesale change" in the department.

  • Author of Bin Laden book is under criminal probe

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:58:57 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials say a former Navy SEAL who wrote a firsthand account of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden is under investigation for possibly disclosing classified information. He could face criminal charges.

  • 2 Arizona officers killed in car crashes this week

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:36:16 GMT

    CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — A suburban Phoenix officer has died after being hit by a suspected drunken driver, becoming the second officer from the Chandler Police Department to be killed in motorcycle crashes this week.

  • Giants fans start early to snag prime parade spots

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:05:45 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants fans are already grabbing prime viewing spots for the team's victory parade through downtown.

  • Attorney wants UVa abduction suspect evaluated

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:59:07 GMT

    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — An attorney for the man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham said Friday that he wants his client to be evaluated to determine his sanity.

  • Colossal crowds expected to crush Giants parade

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:40:30 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police say up to 2 million Giants fans could turn out to cheer the World Series champions in a downtown San Francisco parade featuring double-decker buses carrying the players and floats of the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • Chinese official allegedly hides $33M in bribes

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:14:28 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — Investigators in China have found more than 200 million yuan ($33 million) in cash at the home of an energy official accused of receiving bribes, in the country's largest cash seizure ever, a senior prosecutor said Friday.

  • Pirate Bay founder jailed for hacking Danish data

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:04:55 GMT

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish court on Friday sentenced the Swedish founder of file-sharing site The Pirate Bay to 3½ years in prison after he was found guilty of hacking into a private company handling sensitive information for Danish authorities.

  • College football players charged with assault

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:04:06 GMT

    CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) — Five football players from a state university in western Pennsylvania have been arrested and suspended from the school after police say they beat and stomped a man outside an off-campus restaurant.

  • 6th person charged in connection to sex assault

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:57:23 GMT

    HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police in western Kentucky say they've charged a sixth person — a 15-year-old girl — in connection to a sexual assault on a 15-year-old boy.

  • Switzerland: IS suspects arrested over attack plan

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:30:30 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — Three people suspected of supporting the Islamic State group and thought to have been planning an attack in Europe were arrested in Switzerland earlier this year, prosecutors said Friday.