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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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  • Train crashes into ATV with stuck tire, killing passenger

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:18:24 GMT

    LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi authorities say a train hit an all-terrain vehicle as the driver attempted to wrest a stuck tire from the tracks, killing a female passenger.

  • Brown student accused of sex assault allowed back to class

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:04:58 GMT

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A federal judge is allowing a Brown University student accused of sexual assault to resume classes while his lawsuit against the Ivy League school is pending.

  • Unprecedented overdose spike slows in Cincinnati

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:01:22 GMT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities in the Cincinnati area say an unprecedented spike of overdoses seems to be leveling off after a stunning wave that exhausted first responders.

  • Woman found guilty of 2nd-degree murder in toddler's death

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:52:32 GMT

    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman has been convicted of second-degree murder in the beating death of her 3-year-old daughter.

  • Driver jailed in Minnesota crash that killed 2 firefighters

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:52:25 GMT

    ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Minnesota have arrested a fire truck driver from Michigan on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide in a crash that killed two firefighters and injured seven others who were on their way to fight a wildfire in Utah.

  • 15 Philippine troops killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf rebels

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:46:59 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Abu Sayyaf extremists killed 15 Philippine army soldiers in fierce fighting Monday in the country's restive south, dealing the government its largest single-day combat loss under President Rodrigo Duterte, who ordered the militants to be crushed for their brutality.

  • Justice Dept. focuses on police treatment of mentally ill

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:43:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department lawyers investigating police agencies for claims of racial discrimination and excessive force are increasingly turning up a different problem: officers' interactions with the mentally ill.

  • 2 arrested in Kenya, accused of IS anthrax attack plot

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:21:40 GMT

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Two people accused of being part of an Islamic State group extremist cell of medics attempting to launch an anthrax attack in the country have been arrested, Kenyan police said Monday.

  • Los Angeles airport back to normal after panic-filled night

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:12:08 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles International Airport slowly returned to normal Monday after false reports of a shooter sent hundreds of panicked passengers racing onto streets or the tarmac and caused major flight delays, authorities said.

  • Watchdog calls out India for failing to protect journalists

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:11:04 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India is failing to help and protect journalists who are facing violent threats or attacks for their work, an international watchdog agency said Monday, noting a pattern of resistance in investigating crimes targeting reporters.

  • Memorial Mass for 2 nuns killed in their Mississippi home

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:00:24 GMT

    DURANT, Miss. (AP) — A memorial Mass will be held Monday for two 68-year-old nuns who were killed in their Mississippi home, even as authorities continue to investigate the stabbing. A man from about 15 miles away has confessed without giving a reason, according to the sheriff.

  • Truck carrying Takata inflators explodes in Texas, killing 1

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:21:50 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — A truck carrying Takata air bag inflators and a load of volatile ammonium nitrate crashed, caught fire and exploded in southern Texas last week, killing a woman and injuring four others.

  • UN expert decries Iran executions of 12 linked to drug crime

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:16:27 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. expert focusing on Iran has condemned the execution of 12 people there over the weekend on drug-related charges.

  • Wade's cousin's death part of uptick in Chicago gun violence

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:11:21 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — The fatal shooting of NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin in Chicago is part of a sharp uptick in gun violence in the nation's third-largest city this year. Among the other innocent people caught in crossfire have been young children playing outside and a father paying bills at his kitchen table.

  • Sheriff: Intruder smashes through window, attacks residents

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:53:01 GMT

    STUART, Fla. (AP) — A 19-year-old man is accused of smashing through the front window of a Florida home and attacking a woman and her son early Sunday morning.

  • Philippine president says no genocide in his bloody drug war

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:14:44 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte defended his bloody anti-drug campaign on Monday, saying the nearly 1,800 deaths in two months didn't compare with brutality in Syria or atrocities committed by Islamic State group extremists.

  • Attackers set fire to Belgian crime lab, sparking bomb scare

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:06:50 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Attackers rammed a car through the gates of Belgium's crime institute early Monday and set fire to a lab containing crime scene samples, apparently in an effort to destroy evidence, Brussels prosecutors said.

  • 3 Canadians charged in Sydney in $23 million cocaine case

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:01:44 GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — Three Canadian cruise ship passengers were charged with drug smuggling Monday after Sydney police allegedly found 95 kilograms (209 pounds) of cocaine in their cabin luggage.

  • Former Michigan State star Appling arrested in Detroit

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:46:32 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling is in trouble again with police.

  • Man shot at Young Jeezy nightclub event in identified

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:22:49 GMT

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach police have identified a man who was shot to death during a party hosted by rapper Young Jeezy.

  • Israeli military investigates soldier in deadly shooting

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:42:33 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has opened an investigation into a soldier who fatally shot a Palestinian in the West Bank last week.