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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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  • Airline ops manager working on 9/11 is charged in sex sting

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:54:18 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — An American Airlines operations manager who was among the few people to learn of the first 9/11 hijacking before the jet struck the World Trade Center has been arrested near Pittsburgh in an online child-sex sting.

  • Investigators still have no suspects in downing of MH17

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:25:06 GMT

    ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch prosecutor leading an international criminal investigation into the downing last year of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine's battlefields said Tuesday the probe has not yet identified specific suspects for possible prosecution, but that he is optimistic it will ultimately be a success.

  • Khodorkovsky suspected of ordering Russian mayor's killing

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:42:44 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian investigators say they are considering whether to charge former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky with ordering the 1998 killing of a Siberian mayor.

  • Chinese student faces prosecution in China for Iowa slaying

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:39:38 GMT

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Chinese authorities have arrested a former University of Iowa student in southeastern China and say they will prosecute him in the slaying of his girlfriend in Iowa, where her body was found stuffed into the truck of her car, Iowa City police said.

  • Judge declares mistrial after defendant hits lawyer

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:44:05 GMT

    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial for a Massachusetts murder suspect who punched his lawyer in the face in open court.

  • German prosecutors charge man with Islamic State membership

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:37:46 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they've charged a 22-year-old German-Turkish dual national with murder and membership in a terrorist organization on allegations he fought with the radical Islamic State group in Syria.

  • Cops: 1 arrested in Philly cookout shooting that injured 11

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:36:36 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say a 23-year-old suspect has turned himself in after a shooting that injured 11 people at a Philadelphia cookout.

  • Maine woman pleads guilty to stealing wreaths from cemetery

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:26:28 GMT

    ALFRED, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman has pleaded guilty to stealing Christmas wreaths and arrangements from grave sites in a Saco cemetery to decorate her own properties during the holidays.

  • 1 arrested in fight at Statehouse over Confederate flag

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:50:30 GMT

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — One man has been arrested after a fight over the Confederate flag in front of the South Carolina Statehouse.

  • Woman faces sentencing in death, dismemberment of adult son

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:49:14 GMT

    MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A 61-year-old suburban Detroit woman convicted of killing and dismembering her adult son faces sentencing.

  • Gambler will be last man sentenced in Toledo sports probe

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:35:27 GMT

    DETROIT (AP) — Lawyers for a Detroit-area gambler caught in a sports bribery scandal at the University of Toledo say it would be "unthinkable" to send the ailing 82-year-old man to prison.

  • AP PHOTOS: In Peruvian valley, coca harvest means survival

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:55:51 GMT

    SAMUGARI, Peru (AP) — Just before sunrise, Raul Rua joins 15 others, including women, teens and children, for a half-hour walk to pick coca in the world's No. 1 coca-producing valley.

  • Man in wheelchair robs bank in New York, makes getaway

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:37:08 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — It may not have been the fastest getaway, but police are searching for a man in a wheelchair who robbed a bank in New York City.

  • Convicted killer thought fellow escapee was slowing him down

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:30:27 GMT

    PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Two convicted killers who staged a complicated prison break together and then spent more than two weeks roaming in thick New York woods finally split up when one man decided his companion was slowing him down, going their separate ways a few days before one was shot and the other captured, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

  • Convicted killer thought fellow escape was slowing him down

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 04:22:35 GMT

    PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Two convicted killers who staged a complicated prison break together and then spent more than two weeks roaming in thick New York woods finally split up when one man decided he'd make better time without the other escapee.

  • Gov. Cuomo: Inmates had sights on Mexico but ride backed out

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:49:29 GMT

    PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Two convicted murderers who eluded a massive manhunt for three weeks planned to drive to Mexico after escaping prison but ended up walking toward Canada when their ride backed out — finally splitting up in their final days of freedom, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

  • Wisconsin teen accused of killing parents pleads insanity

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:12:37 GMT

    RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — A teenager accused of killing her mother and stepfather has pleaded insanity in a northern Wisconsin courtroom.

  • Theater shooter: 'I took the blood that wasn't mine to take'

    Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:20:13 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Colorado theater shooter James Holmes told a psychiatrist who treated him months after the attack that he was in jail because "I took the blood that wasn't mine to take, and it was unfair, and I was selfish."

  • University of California sued over sex assault claims

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:56:46 GMT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Three current and former University of California, Berkeley students sued the school on Monday, accusing administrators of not doing enough to investigate their sexual assault claims and hand out punishment.

  • Jury deliberating fate of 'Big Tony' in businessman's death

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:39:33 GMT

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A jury began deliberations Monday afternoon in the trial of reputed mobster Anthony "Big Tony" Moscatiello, accused of ordering the killing of a South Florida businessman in 2001.

  • Obama, Rousseff try to put spy scandal behind them

    Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:35:06 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will aim to show they have smoothed over tensions sparked by a spying scandal, as they open two days of talks at the White House Monday.