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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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  • Estonia citizen extradited to NYC in cyber case

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:56:27 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A man portrayed as the ringleader in an international cyber scam pleaded not guilty Friday to leading several others to infect more than 4 million computers in over 100 countries with software that disabled anti-virus protections and steered users to websites they did not choose.

  • Slain officer's handcuffs were ready for suspect

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:42:37 GMT

    MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police had a special pair of handcuffs set aside and ready for the man wanted in the fatal shooting of one of their troopers, Cpl. Bryon Dickson.

  • Painted faces at parks need painstaking removal

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:38:36 GMT

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in National Parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. They've also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage.

  • 2 Arizona officers killed in car crashes this week

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:34:21 GMT

    CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — A suburban Phoenix officer was fatally injured Friday when he was hit by a suspected drunken driver, becoming the second officer from the Chandler Police Department to be killed in motorcycle crashes this week.

  • Murder charge dropped in prayer group death

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:32:05 GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri prosecutor has dropped charges against a former suburban Kansas City man who confessed to killing the wife of his prayer group leader.

  • Ex-band FAMU member convicted in hazing death

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:16:17 GMT

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida A&M band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual known as "Crossing Bus C" that killed a drum major was convicted Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing.

  • 'Grim Reaper' attacks woman in California home

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:15:58 GMT

    VISTA, Calif. (AP) — A San Diego County woman has been attacked and stabbed in her home by an intruder dressed as the Grim Reaper on Halloween.

  • South Africa: Suspect arrested in soccer killing

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:14:01 GMT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A suspect has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Senzo Meyiwa, South Africa's national soccer team captain, authorities said Friday.

  • AP EXCLUSIVE: Military sex survey draws complaints

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:11:57 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands have been asked to complete.

  • Former Florida A&M band member convicted of manslaughter in drum major's hazing death

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:05:14 GMT

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida A&M band member convicted of manslaughter in drum major's hazing death .

  • Pathologist: Wife was given fatal dose of cyanide

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:59:58 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — An autopsy pathologist testified Friday that the wife of a University of Pittsburgh medical researcher was given a fatal dose of cyanide, though he can't determine how or by whom.

  • Albuquerque police reforms ordered

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:57:19 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department and New Mexico's largest city have reached a deal to overhaul Albuquerque's police department amid several accusations of excessive force, agreeing to reforms that include new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings.

  • Man who says he hoarded convicted of murder

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:46:59 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A jury convicted a Northern California man of first-degree murder in the killing of an animal control officer, rejecting testimony from a psychologist who stars on the reality show "Hoarders" that the defendant's hoarding disorder could have made him react violently to anyone trying to take his pets.

  • Jury deliberations begin in band hazing trial

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:19:37 GMT

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Deliberations have begun in the manslaughter and hazing trial of a former Florida A&M band member charged in the death of a drum major. 

  • Correction: Strip Mall-Arson story

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:14:45 GMT

    BELLE VERNON, Pa. (AP) — In a story Oct. 29 about a suspected arson fire in a Pennsylvania strip mall, The Associated Press reported erroneously the relationship of the suspect to the store where the fire took place. Police say suspect Johnathan Szabo was a customer of the Dollar General store, not an employee.

  • Canadian gets life sentence in Mounties shootings

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:08:52 GMT

    MONCTON, New Brunswick (AP) — A man convicted of fatally shooting three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and wounding two others was given Canada's harshest prison sentence in more than 50 years.

  • After murder suspect is caught, a sigh of relief

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:01:50 GMT

    MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — For 48 days, Eric Frein was everywhere and nowhere, supposedly sighted again and again, only to melt back into the woods in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse.

  • Milwaukee police vote 'no confidence' in chief

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:51:18 GMT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police angered by the firing of an officer who shot and killed a man in a downtown park took a vote expressing a lack of confidence in their chief, but the city's mayor said Friday that he was standing by Edward Flynn.

  • Trick-or-treating back on after manhunt ends

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:46:39 GMT

    MOUNTAINHOME, Pa. (AP) — Trick-or-treating was back on Friday in a northeastern Pennsylvania town that spent the last seven weeks under siege as hundreds of law enforcement officers searched for the survivalist accused of killing a state trooper.

  • Colombians jailed in Venezuela for $15 grocery run

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:45:40 GMT

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A $15 grocery run has cost two single mothers from Colombia 48 days in jail — and the threat of a 14 year prison sentence — as a result of a crackdown on smuggling in Venezuela that's ratcheting up tensions and highlighting growing economic distortions between the neighbors.

  • Theater shooting suspect wants sanity exam tossed

    Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:32:02 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Defense attorneys for the suspect in the Colorado movie theater shooting want a judge to toss out the most recent report on his sanity.