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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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  • Mall shooting suspect ate with stepfather before attack

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:25:12 GMT

    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A man charged with five counts of first-degree premeditated murder in the shooting deaths of five people at a Washington state mall shared an early dinner with his stepfather then told him he was headed to his job at a gym.

  • Houston gunman had 2 weapons, thousands of rounds at scene

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:35:42 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems had two weapons and more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition when he randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said.

  • Man rescued after week at sea to be reunited with family

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:22:22 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — A Vermont man who spent a week at sea in a life raft before being rescued by a passing freighter will be reunited with his family in Boston, while his mother is still unaccounted for and presumed dead.

  • Former South Dakota police chief found guilty of murder

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:59:20 GMT

    BURKE, S.D. (AP) — A jury on Monday found a former South Dakota police chief guilty of first degree murder in the death of his pregnant fiancee in 2009.

  • Children subject of Amber Alert found dead, mother arrested

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:58:12 GMT

    ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Two Indiana children who were the subject of an Amber Alert have been found dead and their mother has been arrested on murder charges.

  • Failure to get Syria cease-fire stole spotlight at UN

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:20:29 GMT

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The failed attempt by the U.S. and Russia to revive a cease-fire in Syria stole the spotlight at the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders but every other global hotspot had its moment — and there were some chuckles as well including a message to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be ready to receive his gift of a "white bull" from South Sudan.

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    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:01:19 GMT

    Today in History

  • Chicago-based religious order sued for docs on allegations

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:48:28 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — A 51-year-old Colorado man who says he was sexually abused when he was around 7 years old by a teenager who later became a prominent Roman Catholic priest — one known for his work with at-risk kids — on Monday sued the Chicago-based religious order to which the priest belongs, seeking the release of all records related to allegations of abuse by any of its priests.

  • Use of body cams questioned after Charlotte police killings

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 03:18:32 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer in Charlotte is only the latest shooting to raise questions about how the department uses body cameras.

  • The Latest: Updates from the 1st presidential debate

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:40:55 GMT

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the first of three presidential debates between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Residents call for mayor, police chief to resign

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:38:22 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on protests following the shooting of a man by a Charlotte police officer last week (all times local):

  • California man gets 30 years for trying to join terror group

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:20:48 GMT

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man convicted of trying to become a fighter for the Islamic State terrorist group was sentenced Monday to 30 years prison.

  • Suspects, victims in California killings were 'furries'

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:30:03 GMT

    FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Two men arrested in the killings of a California couple were friends with the victims' teenage daughter and all attended "furry" events where some participants dress up in colorful animal costumes, according to friends and their social media pages.

  • Protest held in Columbus over fatal police shooting of teen

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:27:44 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dozens of demonstrators protesting the fatal police shooting of a 13-year-old black boy brought a city council meeting to a halt Monday in Columbus as they called for an independent investigation.

  • Chinese firm charged with plotting to evade NKorea sanctions

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:51:51 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Monday unsealed criminal charges against a China-based company and four of its executives for conspiring to evade U.S. economic sanctions that target North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs.

  • The Latest: NAACP rally against police shooting hits streets

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:24:22 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on protests following the shooting of a man by a Charlotte police officer last week (all times local):

  • Lawyer: Policeman charged in shooting of unarmed motorist

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:19:27 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A police officer has been charged in the killing of an unarmed motorist during a road rage incident earlier this year while the officer was off duty, the officer's lawyer said Monday.

  • The Latest: Source says stolen gun found at police shooting

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:10:21 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on protests following the shooting of a man by a Charlotte police officer last week (all times local):

  • Judges delay Menendez decision pending Supreme Court appeal

    Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:50:19 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal appeals court has delayed any court action against U.S. Sen Bob Menendez of New Jersey while he appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Judge: Ex-sailors convicted of rape, murder are innocent

    Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:47:10 GMT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two former sailors convicted of rape and murder nearly two decades ago are innocent, a federal judge said Monday, adding the "no sane human being" could find the men guilty.

  • Police: Mall shooting suspect confessed, shot 5 in 1 minute

    Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:29:50 GMT

    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The suspect accused of killing five people at a Macy's department store confessed to police, court documents said, but his motive remained a mystery Monday as a portrait emerged of him as a mentally troubled young man whose parents said they were trying to help him.