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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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  • Indonesia prosecutor: Americans' murder trial should proceed

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:47:28 GMT

    BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian prosecutors say the trial of an American couple charged with murdering the woman's mother should proceed despite defense arguments that the indictments are inaccurate and should be annulled.

  • After 2 convictions, 2 more Vanderbilt players face charges

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:45:29 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — With two former Vanderbilt football players facing decades in prison after being convicted of the rape of an unconscious student in a dorm room, attention now turns to two of their teammates who have yet to go to trial.

  • Famed SC civil rights protesters to have records erased

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:47:51 GMT

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Fifty-four years after they were sentenced to a month of hard labor in a chain gang for ordering lunch in South Carolina, nine black men are getting a new day in court.

  • Prosecutors promise thorough probe of police killing of teen

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:46:57 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — A passenger who was in a car when a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed by Denver police has disputed authorities' account of her death, saying officers opened fire before one of them was struck by the vehicle.

  • Senate to begin hearings for Obama attorney general nominee

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:11:06 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch, is facing Senate questioners as she seeks to become the first black woman to hold the nation's top law enforcement job.

  • Utah parents showed troubling signs before deaths

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:17:16 GMT

    SPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) — Benjamin and Kristi Strack often talked about the apocalypse and wanting to leave the evil they saw in the world, but friends and family thought that meant they would one day move somewhere remote and live off the grid.

  • Palestinian girl, 14, in Israel prison for throwing rocks

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:01:36 GMT

    BETIN, West Bank (AP) — The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment demonstrates Israel's excessive measures against stone-throwing youth.

  • Egyptian police criticized over death of female protester

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:17:06 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's police are coming under withering criticism as signs mount that officers not only fired birdshot at a young mother during a peaceful protest last weekend but then also hampered efforts to save her life by ignoring pleas to let an ambulance take her away.

  • Mexico: Missing students' parents reject official account

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:11:51 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Parents of 43 college students missing since last year angrily rejected the Mexican attorney general's declaration that investigators are certain the youths were killed and incinerated after being seized by police in the southern state of Guerrero.

  • Venezuela confirms desertion of ex-agent from armed forces

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:11:10 GMT

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan official confirmed on Tuesday that the former bodyguard of the head of congress has deserted from the socialist country's armed forces amid reports the man is in the United States to testify against his former boss.

  • Utah parents who killed selves, children feared apocalypse

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:37:29 GMT

    SPRINGVILLE, Utah (AP) — A Utah couple and their three children who were found dead in their home last fall overdosed on drugs after the parents told friends and family they were worried about the apocalypse, authorities said Tuesday.

  • Mexico: Captured drug lord 'Chapo' Guzman to stay put

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:39:36 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Captured Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will not be extradited to the United States anytime soon, Mexico's top prosecutor said Tuesday.

  • More potential jurors released from theater shooting trial

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:30:33 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — More potential jurors in the Colorado theater shooting trial have been released for reasons ranging from language barriers or residency issues, or because they have a relative connected to the case.

  • Suspect charged with murder of missing Georgia couple

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:26:04 GMT

    McRAE, Ga. (AP) — Elrey "Bud" Runion posted an ad on Craigslist seeking to buy a piece of his youth, a replica of the 1966 Ford Mustang convertible he bought after returning from the Vietnam War decades ago.

  • Judge refuses to toss Perry case on constitutional grounds

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:21:44 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds, ruling that criminal charges against the possible 2016 presidential candidate should stand.

  • Woman in Florida 'stand your ground' case released from jail

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:36:18 GMT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who claimed self-defense after prosecutors say she fired a gun at her estranged husband and his two sons will be released from prison as part of a plea agreement.

  • Couple in Ga. shot dead after responding to Craigslist offer

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:02:56 GMT

    MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A 28-year-old man was charged Tuesday with killing a couple who traveled to rural Georgia seeking to buy a 1966 Ford Mustang through an advertisement placed on Craigslist, an online classified ad service.

  • Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:57:42 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A jury convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players on Tuesday of raping a former student, rejecting claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack.

  • Woman faces trial for Christmas concert crash that killed 4

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:48:13 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California woman has been ordered to stand trial on charges that she was intoxicated when she plowed a car into people leaving a Christmas church concert, killing three women and a 6-year-old boy.

  • Son: City Hall gunman in Minnesota clashed with authorities

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:47:18 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man killed in a confrontation with police outside a City Council meeting in suburban Minneapolis had a long history of friction with authorities, his son said Tuesday.

  • Mexico AG: Captured drug lord 'Chapo' Guzman to stay put

    Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:43:08 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's top prosecutor says the country does not intend to extradite captured Sinaloa drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States anytime soon.