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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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  • Zimmerman shooter will try a Stand Your Ground defense

    Fri, 29 May 2015 21:51:35 GMT

    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — An attorney for a Florida man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman said Friday that he planned to use a "Stand Your Ground" defense — the same legal strategy considered but ultimately not used by lawyers for the former neighborhood watch leader who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

  • Latest on flooding: Arkansas counties deemed disaster areas

    Fri, 29 May 2015 21:31:52 GMT

    4:30 p.m. (CDT)

  • Silk Road founder gets life for creating online drug site

    Fri, 29 May 2015 21:21:48 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A San Francisco man who created the online drug-selling site Silk Road was sentenced Friday to life in prison by a judge who cited six deaths that resulted from drugs bought on his website and five people he tried to have killed.

  • Latest on flooding: Homes ordered evacuated in Texas city

    Fri, 29 May 2015 21:13:40 GMT

    4:15 p.m. (CDT)

  • Atlanta Falcons linebacker faces animal cruelty charge

    Fri, 29 May 2015 21:04:57 GMT

    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police on Friday charged Atlanta Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo with aggravated animal cruelty after his girlfriend's dog died from blunt force trauma.

  • APNewsBreak: Some telescope protesters' charges to be tossed

    Fri, 29 May 2015 21:04:27 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii County's top prosecutor said Friday he will dismiss charges against about 10 of the 31 protesters who were arrested while blocking construction of a giant telescope on a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians.

  • Prosecutors mulling appeal in FBI ruse case in Las Vegas

    Fri, 29 May 2015 21:03:54 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prosecutors are considering whether to appeal a federal judge's order tossing out evidence collected by FBI agents posing as Internet repairmen during a Las Vegas Strip illegal bookmaking investigation.

  • 2 charged in kidnap-for-ransom plot against businessman

    Fri, 29 May 2015 21:02:24 GMT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Two Northern California men have been charged with kidnapping a businessman who was found alive bound and blindfolded in the trunk of a car.

  • Once targeted by racists, housing worker now loses daughter

    Fri, 29 May 2015 21:02:24 GMT

    Fair-housing advocate Bonnie Jouhari and her daughter spent years on the run from white supremacists who had launched a vicious campaign of harassment and intimidation in southeastern Pennsylvania. Hopscotching from state to state, Jouhari was unable to return to the career she loved, and her teenage daughter, Dani, became deeply depressed. A judge handed them a civil judgment of more than $1.1 million, which they couldn't collect.

  • Nigeria's new president pledges fight against Boko Haram

    Fri, 29 May 2015 21:01:06 GMT

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's new president was sworn in on Friday and pledged to tackle Boko Haram "head on," asserting the fight against the Islamic extremists wouldn't be won until hundreds of schoolgirls abducted last year and other kidnapping victims were brought home alive.

  • Canadian diplomat: Son charged in killings no troublemaker

    Fri, 29 May 2015 20:57:11 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A senior Canadian diplomat testified Friday that her teenage son was never in trouble or violent before his alleged involvement in a drug-related shootout that left her other son dead.

  • Holmes: Mind 'was kind of falling apart' before shooting

    Fri, 29 May 2015 20:55:02 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes said his "mind was kind of falling apart" and he began to have homicidal thoughts months before he killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a Colorado movie theater, according to a video excerpt presented Friday at his murder trial.

  • FIFA scandal reverberating across soccer-crazy South America

    Fri, 29 May 2015 20:52:13 GMT

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Within hours of the FIFA scandal breaking, Sergio Jadue, the president of Chile's soccer federation, was declaring his innocence even though he wasn't formally accused of anything.

  • Prosecutor: Man who killed trespasser sought confrontation

    Fri, 29 May 2015 20:43:54 GMT

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada prosecutor on Friday urged jurors to convict a 74-year-old man of first-degree murder, saying he was seeking out a deadly confrontation when he shot two unarmed trespassers in a vacant duplex he owns.

  • Police: Former youngest death-row inmate left suicide note

    Fri, 29 May 2015 20:41:51 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis police say a woman who was once the nation's youngest death row inmate left a suicide note that described her struggle to survive outside the prison walls that were her home for nearly 30 years.

  • Canada gunman praises Allah in unedited pre-shooting video

    Fri, 29 May 2015 20:40:08 GMT

    TORONTO (AP) — Footage released Friday of the gunman who killed a soldier at Canada's national war memorial and stormed Parliament before being gunned down shows him asking Allah to praise his actions before last October's attack.

  • Canadian diplomat's son in court in drug-related killings

    Fri, 29 May 2015 20:26:49 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A senior Canadian diplomat has testified that a son charged in a fatal drug-related shootout was never in trouble and was strongly influenced by his older brother, who was slain.

  • News media oppose gag order in Baltimore's Freddie Gray case

    Fri, 29 May 2015 20:25:19 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Associated Press and 18 other news organizations asked a judge Friday to deny prosecutors' request for a gag order in the case against six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, who sustained a severe spinal injury in police custody.

  • Judge defers ruling on probe into handling of Ferguson case

    Fri, 29 May 2015 20:23:39 GMT

    CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A judge on Friday deferred ruling on a request by activists for an independent probe of a prosecutor's handling of grand jury proceedings in the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown, but he again gave strong indications he might toss the lawsuit.

  • Officials: Gunmen hijack buses in Pakistan, kill 19

    Fri, 29 May 2015 20:22:05 GMT

    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Around 20 armed men hijacked two buses in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province, killed 19 passengers and battled with security forces on Friday, a Pakistani official said.

  • The Latest: Holmes says he hoped to be stopped before attack

    Fri, 29 May 2015 20:16:22 GMT

    2 p.m. (MDT)