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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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  • Baltimore protests turn violent after death of arrested man

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:53:04 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A protest over the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured in police custody, started peacefully with thousands marching through downtown streets before the demonstration turned violent and volatile.

  • Israeli military indicts 3 soldiers for looting in Gaza war

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:51:59 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military announced Sunday it indicted three soldiers for allegedly taking money from a building in Gaza during last year's war against Hamas militants.

  • Baltimore protests turn violent after death of suspect

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:23:20 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A protest over the death of a man who was injured while in the custody of Baltimore police Gray started peacefully with thousands marching through downtown streets. Then, things turned violent and volatile.

  • Film to probe Newark schoolyard murders' toll on family

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:21:28 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — For what seemed a small eternity, Shalga Hightower epitomized the picture of parental grief in the aftermath of Newark's 2007 schoolyard killings, when a group of men and boys, including one who turned 15 that day, lined up her college-bound daughter and two friends and shot them each in the back of the head.

  • France detains second suspect in thwarted attack probe

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:26:49 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — French officials say a second man has been detained in an investigation into an alleged plot to attack a church near Paris.

  • Guide to the Colorado theater shooting trial

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:13:17 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Opening statements are set Monday in the long-awaited trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes. Here's a look at top elements in the case:

  • Boston Marathon bomber's lawyers prepare case for life

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:12:57 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will begin presenting witnesses this week in the penalty phase of his trial as they try to make their case that he should be sentenced to life in prison — not death — for his role in the deadly 2013 attack.

  • 'Batman' killer studied brain disorders before mass murder

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:55:25 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — James Holmes was growing volatile well before he put on a gas mask and body armor, strapped on a rifle, shotgun, pistol and ammunition, and slipped into a midnight premiere of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."

  • Indonesia gives 72-hour execution notice to drug traffickers

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:43:55 GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia notified nine foreigners and a local man convicted of drug trafficking that their executions will be carried out within days, ignoring appeals by the U.N. chief and foreign leaders to spare them.

  • Violent protests in Baltimore for man injured in custody

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:43:30 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A protest over the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured in police custody, started peacefully with thousands marching through downtown streets before the demonstration turned violent and volatile.

  • Indonesia gives execution notice to 9 foreigners, local man

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:35:23 GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia notified nine foreigners and a local man convicted of drug trafficking that their executions will be carried out within days, ignoring appeals by the U.N. chief and foreign leaders to spare them.

  • Indonesia gives 72-hour notice for executions

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 10:58:43 GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia notified nine foreigners and a local man convicted of drug trafficking that their executions will be carried out within days, ignoring appeals by the U.N. chief and foreign leaders to spare them.

  • Dozens injured, arrested after soccer riots in Serbia

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:51:14 GMT

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Authorities say at least 50 people have been injured and 40 arrested after fierce clashes between Red Star and Partizan fans.

  • Freddie Gray protests turn violent in Baltimore

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 08:35:30 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A protest over the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured in police custody, started peacefully with thousands marching through downtown streets before the demonstration turned violent and volatile.

  • Indonesia gives 72-hour executions notice

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 06:16:34 GMT

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia notified nine foreigners and a local man convicted of drug trafficking that their executions will be carried out within days, ignoring appeals by the U.N. chief and foreign leaders to spare them.

  • Acting police chief, civilian killed in southern Afghanistan

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:37:25 GMT

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a gunman shot and killed an acting police chief and a civilian in the southern Uruzgan province.

  • Remains of Michigan woman last seen at Halloween party found

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:57:23 GMT

    ASH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The skeletal remains found at a home construction site in southeastern Michigan are those of a 22-year-old woman who went missing last fall after attending a Halloween party, a medical examiner's spokesman said Saturday.

  • Judge: Attending Pink concert didn't harm New Jersey girl

    Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:28:08 GMT

    TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A mom's decision to take her 11-year-old daughter to a Pink concert has a judge saying, "So What?"

  • Autopsy: Indiana University student died from head injuries

    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:53:49 GMT

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A coroner said Saturday that an Indiana University student found dead in a rural area hours before she was reported missing had been fatally beaten in the head with an unknown weapon.

  • Teen's life celebrated on anniversary of prom-day stabbing

    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 23:24:27 GMT

    MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — The life of a 16-year-old girl stabbed to death at a Connecticut school a year ago on the day of prom was celebrated Saturday by hundreds of people with a road race, fried food and live music.

  • Ex-Oklahoma investigator accused of lying about credentials

    Sat, 25 Apr 2015 22:36:27 GMT

    EL RENO, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma Veterans Affairs Department chief investigator who was fired after authorities said they discovered he had faked his credentials and was actually a convicted felon is facing new criminal charges.