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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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  • Firefighter killed, hundreds flee as California blazes burn

    Sat, 01 Aug 2015 06:18:21 GMT

    LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Blazes raging in forests and woodlands across California have taken the life of a firefighter and forced hundreds of people to flee their homes as an army of firefighters continue to battle them from the air and the ground.

  • Several wildfires blacken dry California's golden hills

    Sat, 01 Aug 2015 05:28:45 GMT

    LOWER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires blackening the golden hills of California grew deadly Friday, killing a firefighter on the far northern end of the state while triggering the evacuations of hundreds of people elsewhere.

  • APNewsBreak: Germany shelves Nazi crimes probe of US man

    Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:33:15 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have shelved their Nazi war crimes investigation of a retired Minnesota carpenter whom The Associated Press exposed as a former commander in an SS-led unit, saying Friday that the 96-year-old is not fit for trial.

  • Today in History

    Sat, 01 Aug 2015 04:00:07 GMT

    Today is Saturday, August 1, the 213th day of 2015. There are 152 days left in the year.

  • Kerry to push Malaysia on human trafficking during visit

    Sat, 01 Aug 2015 03:16:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will push Malaysia to redouble its efforts against human trafficking during an upcoming visit for regional security talks, a senior State Department official said Friday.

  • Zimbabwe: American lion killer's extradition being sought

    Sat, 01 Aug 2015 02:41:20 GMT

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe will seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and caused international outrage, a Cabinet minister said Friday.

  • Trooper in Sandra Bland arrest had been disciplined

    Sat, 01 Aug 2015 02:28:23 GMT

    DALLAS (AP) — The Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland after a confrontation that began with a traffic stop was once cautioned about "unprofessional conduct" in a 2014 incident while he was still a probationary trooper, according to documents released Friday.

  • Battery charge against Bills coach Kromer dropped

    Sat, 01 Aug 2015 01:50:43 GMT

    FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors say they've dropped a battery charge against Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, who was accused of punching a boy in the face for using his beach chairs in Florida.

  • Honolulu police arrest suspect in assault of state lawmaker

    Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:56:38 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — Police have arrested a juvenile on suspicion of misdemeanor assault in a case involving a Hawaii lawmaker who was attacked in a homeless encampment.

  • 7 Hawaii telescope protesters arrested for defying new rule

    Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:37:09 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — Seven men have been arrested for camping on Mauna Kea (mau-NAH' kay-AH'), where there's a new emergency rule restricting overnight access to the mountain because of protests against building a giant telescope there.

  • Venezuela governor: 1 killed during supermarket looting

    Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:35:04 GMT

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A man was killed and dozens were arrested Friday as a mob looted a supermarket and other shops in an industrial Venezuelan city, Bolivar state authorities said.

  • Suspected Jewish extremists burn Palestinian child to death

    Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:29:14 GMT

    DUMA, West Bank (AP) — Suspected Jewish assailants set fire to a West Bank home on Friday and burned a sleeping Palestinian toddler to death in an attack that drew Palestinian rage and widespread Israeli condemnation. The attack, which threatens to set off another violent escalation, shines a light on the growing lawlessness of extremist Jewish settlers that Israel is either unable or unwilling to contain.

  • Youth advocates decry trying teen as adult in girl's death

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 23:26:34 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A 15-year-old boy charged as an adult with raping and killing his 8-year-old neighbor in California is too young to understand what he is accused of doing, youth advocacy groups said Friday.

  • Judge approves place for Mel Reynolds to stay while on bond

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:33:54 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has approved a long-term residence for former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds to stay while free on bond on tax charges.

  • Newborn girl found alive in dumpster in Kentucky; 1 charged

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:14:45 GMT

    PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in western Kentucky say a newborn baby girl has been found alive in a dumpster and a teenager has been charged with attempted murder.

  • Jets, Bowles surprised, disappointed Richardson hid arrest

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:12:10 GMT

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Todd Bowles says the New York Jets were surprised and disappointed by Sheldon Richardson's recent arrest — and the fact the defensive lineman didn't disclose it to the team until after media reports surfaced.

  • Former governor to lose pension based on a law he signed

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:07:16 GMT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's pension benefits can be taken away based on a law he signed while governor, according to a legal opinion issued Friday by Attorney General Mark Herring.

  • Man who died in police fight wanted for beating 97-year-old

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:48:12 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say a man who died after a fight with San Francisco police was wanted for the beating of a 97-year-old who employed him as a caretaker and later died from the attack.

  • Mother pleads not guilty in birthday cake beating of boy

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:40:36 GMT

    HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The mother of a 9-year-old boy who was fatally beaten over what police say was a piece of missing birthday cake has pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse charges.

  • Defendant in FIFA case appears in US court

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:21:30 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — An Argentinian sports marketing executive pleaded not guilty in a U.S. court Friday in the massive racketeering and bribery case that has scandalized international soccer.

  • Alleged leader of Israeli organized crime ring gets 32 years

    Fri, 31 Jul 2015 21:17:26 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles man who prosecutors say was a leader of an Israeli organized crime ring that moved drugs and money across the globe was sentenced Friday to 32 years in prison.