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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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  • Chine arrests policeman blamed for wrongful conviction

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:41:56 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — A police officer who oversaw the case of a teenager wrongfully convicted of murder and executed in 1996 had been arrested, the official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday.

  • Jailed Russian tycoon leaves house arrest

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:04:30 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian tycoon placed under house arrest in September in a move that rattled markets was released from house arrest on Tuesday, just hours before President Vladimir Putin's annual televised press conference.

  • AP source: North Korea linked to Sony hacking

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:14:04 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to terrorist threats against moviegoers.

  • Column: Thaw in US-Cuba relations warms up MLB

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:11:09 GMT

    If one ripple from the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations means baseball prospects get off the island and into the major leagues without payoffs to smugglers and threats from kidnappers, it's hard to see the downside.

  • Reports: jailed Russian tycoon leaves house arrest

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:04:35 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Yevtushenkov, a Russian tycoon placed under house arrest in September in a move that rattled markets, has reportedly been released from under house arrest just hours before President Vladimir Putin's annual televised press conference.

  • AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as officials fail to protect

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:20:35 GMT

    BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

  • 'Stand your ground' defense fails in Montana murder trial

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:20:14 GMT

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Just days before he shot to death a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hair stylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes.

  • 14 charged in meningitis outbreak that killed 64

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:13:11 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors charged 14 people in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide in what authorities called the largest criminal case ever brought in the U.S. over contaminated medicine.

  • NY rapper Bobby Shmurda faces gun, drug charges

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:54:58 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — An up-and-coming rapper who performs under the name of Bobby Shmurda will face gun and drug trafficking charges when an arraignment is unsealed in court.

  • Hearing set for suspect in Jewish site shootings

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:49:05 GMT

    OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A white supremacist who admits killing three people outside two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites is set to appear in court for a hearing on whether he's mentally competent to stand trial.

  • Reformers target traffic courts in Ferguson

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:46:36 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, legal activists suggested that some of the raw anger that erupted in suburban St. Louis had its roots in an unlikely place — traffic court.

  • Court documents: Suspect destroyed kidnap evidence

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:40:37 GMT

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Fearing arrest, the New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping, imprisoning and sexually assaulting a teenage girl over nine months ordered his captive to lie to police and help him destroy evidence by wiping off fingerprints and pouring cleaning fluid into drains, according to court documents.

  • Year after W.Va. river spill, execs face charges

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:38:59 GMT

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When state inspectors arrived at Freedom Industries asking about a licorice smell enveloping West Virginia's capital city, the point person at the tank farm, Dennis P. Farrell, told them he knew nothing about a chemical leak.

  • Australian leader: Siege may have been preventable

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:09:09 GMT

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Thursday that a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe may have been preventable, as the chorus of critics demanding to know why the gunman was out on bail despite facing a string of violent charges grew louder.

  • AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:28:52 GMT

    BUTTE, Montana (AP) — An Associated Press investigation has found that at least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span while in plain view of child protection officials.

  • AP investigation finds that 786 children died in plain view of abuse-and-neglect authorities

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:15:34 GMT

    BUTTE, Montana (AP) — AP investigation finds that 786 children died in plain view of abuse-and-neglect authorities.

  • State-by-state breakdown of child abuse deaths

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:01:00 GMT

    The Associated Press asked all 50 states, the District of Columbia and military services to provide information on children who died of abuse or neglect over a six-year span, even as authorities were investigating them or their families or providing some form of protective services.

  • Amid scrutiny, Uber vows bigger focus on safety

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:28:27 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.

  • AP source: US probe links NKorea to Sony hacking

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:14:03 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators have now connected the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. to North Korea, a U.S. official said Wednesday, though it remained unclear how the federal government would respond to a break-in that exposed sensitive documents and ultimately led to terrorist threats against moviegoers.

  • Testimony: No warrant for FBI ruse in Vegas case

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:06:22 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada casino regulator told a federal judge Wednesday that he and FBI agents briefed an assistant U.S. attorney but not a judge before posing as Internet repairmen to enter high-roller suites at Caesars Palace and collect evidence for a warrant in what they believed was an illegal online sports gambling operation.

  • Massachusetts ride-share driver accused of rape

    Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:47:06 GMT

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts Uber driver is accused of sexually assaulting a woman who had summoned the ride-sharing service.