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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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  • Police say newly freed gang member killed California officer

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:21:18 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whittier police thought they were helping a driver after a car crash.

  • Connecticut home invasion killer seeks new trial

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:31:03 GMT

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — One of two men serving a life sentence in the killing of a woman and her two daughters inside their Connecticut home a decade ago is asking the state's highest court for a new trial.

  • The Latest: Crowd holds vigil for slain Whittier officer

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:09:23 GMT

    WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of two California police officers as they responded to a traffic accident (all times local):

  • Malaysian diplomat says Kim death investigation impartial

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:01:02 GMT

    BEIJING (AP) — The investigation into the death of the exiled half-brother of North Korea's ruler is being conducted in an impartial manner, Malaysia's ambassador to Pyongyang said Tuesday, rejecting accusations from the North that the probe was politically tinged.

  • School district teams with Sandy Hook mom to teach empathy

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:42:40 GMT

    NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Nelba Marquez-Greene believes the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which killed her 6-year-old daughter, could have been avoided if more had been done years earlier to address the social isolation and mental health problems of the shooter, Adam Lanza.

  • Police: 4 teens wounded in 2 separate shootings in Cleveland

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:04:28 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Four teenagers have been wounded in two separate shootings in Cleveland.

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    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:01:13 GMT

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  • The Latest: Officer killed responding to traffic accident

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:14:07 GMT

    WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of two California police officers as they responded to a traffic accident (all times local):

  • N. Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probe

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:10:44 GMT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia denounced the country's investigation into the death of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe amid increasingly bitter exchanges between the once-friendly nations.

  • Judge allows 2nd girl's statements in Slender Man case

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:08:07 GMT

    WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A judge has ruled a second Wisconsin girl's statements to police will be admissible at her trial on charges she tried to kill a classmate to please a fictional horror character called Slender Man.

  • Paroled gang member allegedly kills Whittier officer

    Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:06:16 GMT

    WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — A gang member paroled from jail only days ago shot and killed a Whittier police officer who was answering a report of a traffic accident and wounded his partner Monday before being wounded himself, authorities said.

  • Texas neurosurgeon sentenced to life for maiming patients

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:18:01 GMT

    DALLAS (AP) — Jurors sentenced a former Dallas neurosurgeon to life in prison on Monday for maiming patients who had turned to him for surgery to resolve debilitating injuries.

  • Interracial couple fined for not removing graffiti slur

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:32:15 GMT

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — An interracial Connecticut couple whose home was vandalized by a racial slur has been fined for failing to cover it up.

  • Uber to investigate sexual harassment claim by engineer

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:24:58 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — Uber's chief executive ordered an investigation Monday into a sexual-harassment claim made by a female engineer who said her prospects at the company evaporated after she complained about advances from her boss.

  • Ex-Texas neurosurgeon sentenced to life for maiming patients

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:18:37 GMT

    DALLAS (AP) — A jury has sentenced a former neurosurgeon to life in prison for maiming patients who had turned to him for surgery to resolve debilitating injuries.

  • Police officer killed while responding to traffic accident

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:26:58 GMT

    WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — A California police officer was killed and another wounded in a shooting Monday while they were trying to help a man who had been in a traffic accident in Whittier, officials said.

  • Police officer killed while replying to traffic accident

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:27:55 GMT

    WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — A California police officer was killed and another wounded in a shooting Monday while they were trying to help a man who had been in a traffic accident in Whittier, officials said.

  • California police officer killed during traffic accident

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:56:52 GMT

    WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a California police officer was killed and another wounded in a shooting while they were trying to help a man who had been in a traffic accident in Whittier.

  • Authorities say California police officer shot and killed during traffic stop

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:41:47 GMT

    WHITTIER, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say California police officer shot and killed during traffic stop.

  • AP, other media ask judge to order release of iPhone records

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:57:33 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press and two other news organizations asked a judge Monday to force the federal government to reveal how much it paid for a tool to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters.

  • AP Exclusive: Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals

    Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:53:56 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press.