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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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  • Prosecutors dismiss 1975 murder charges against 3

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:39:19 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A man convicted with his brother and his childhood friend of killing a businessman in 1975 said Thursday he's sorry his mother isn't alive to see that they can now walk free together because the only witness against them has recanted the damning testimony he gave as a 13-year-old.

  • Arrest made after woman raped, burned in Kansas

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:18:43 GMT

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 26-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the rape and severe burning of a woman who was found in park near the Wichita State University campus, police said Thursday.

  • UK police spied on reporters for years, docs show

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:17:26 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — In January, freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail.

  • Man who killed co-worker, cut out heart released

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:57:17 GMT

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Fresno man who stabbed his co-worker dozens of times in 1984 and then cut out the man's heart and put it in his jacket pocket has been released from prison despite objections from Gov. Jerry Brown.

  • Police: Woman, 3 children shot in New Jersey

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:53:13 GMT

    TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) — A shooting at a home in a secluded wooded area of southern New Jersey left two children dead and their brother and their mother critically wounded, state police said Thursday.

  • Florida woman latest to accuse Cosby of forced sex

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:50:48 GMT

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made her feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually.

  • Union: Charges seem unlikely for Ferguson officer

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:31:17 GMT

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown seems confident that he will not face criminal charges from a grand jury that has been investigating the case for several months, a police union official said Thursday.

  • Cops: Woman killed ex, son on day engagement ended

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:07:43 GMT

    TOWNSHEND, Vt. (AP) — A woman accused of fatally shooting her fiance and his son on the day he ended their engagement pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder.

  • Man in prison 19 years freed after claim recanted

    Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:01:59 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — A man who has been in prison for nearly two decades walked out of an Olympia courtroom as a free man Thursday, two years after his supposed victim recanted allegations that he molested her.

  • Ex-Marine pleads not guilty in slayings of 2 girls

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:55:05 GMT

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A former Marine already sentenced to death in the slaying of a sailor in Virginia pleaded not guilty on Thursday in the 2005 slayings of two young Illinois girls who were playing in a forest preserve.

  • Union: Ferguson officer does not expect charges

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:44:02 GMT

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The suburban St. Louis police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown does not appear to expect criminal charges from a Missouri grand jury that has been investigating the case for several months, a police union official said Thursday.

  • Man admits $20 million Ponzi scheme in New Jersey

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:39:57 GMT

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey man has admitted running a $20 million Ponzi scheme.

  • Florida State shooter was well-liked but troubled

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:30:12 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities don't know why Myron May targeted his alma mater Thursday when he opened fire on students at Florida State University's library, but they do know he thought the government was watching him and out to get him.

  • Protesters, police clash in Mexico before marches

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:29:08 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Protesters marched in the capital Thursday to demand authorities find 43 missing college students, seeking to pressure the government on a day traditionally reserved for the celebration of Mexico's 1910-17 Revolution.

  • Fighter War Machine pleads not guilty in Vegas

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:27:17 GMT

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A mixed martial arts fighter who legally changed his name to War Machine pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges that could get him life in a Nevada prison without parole for allegedly trying to kill his porn actress ex-girlfriend and her friend in Las Vegas.

  • Reported U.Va. frat-house rape to be investigated

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:21:20 GMT

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia's president has asked Charlottesville police to investigate allegations that a woman student was raped by several men at a fraternity house two years ago.

  • AT&T pays $23.8 M to settle hazardous-waste case

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:09:52 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — AT&T agreed Thursday to pay California authorities nearly $24 million to settle allegations that it improperly disposed of hazardous waste during a nine-year period.

  • Grand jury: No charges in Florida jail explosion

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:52:52 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — A grand jury concluded that there wasn't enough evidence to bring criminal charges in an explosion at a Florida jail that killed two inmates and paralyzed a guard, according to a report released Thursday.

  • Journal indicates FSU shooter suspected government

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:52:16 GMT

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida State University alumnus and attorney who shot three people at the school's library early Thursday believed the government was targeting him for persecution, detailing his thoughts in a journal and in videos detectives obtained, authorities said.

  • Washington school shooter's texts turned dark

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:49:21 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A detective investigating the high school shooting in Washington state that left five teens dead says in court papers that the young shooter's texts turned dark the week before he opened fire, with references to his funeral and the message: "Bang bang I'm dead."

  • Judge overturns death penalty for Wyoming inmate

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:38:27 GMT

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday overturned the death sentence of the lone inmate on Wyoming's death row, saying his trial lawyers had failed to give jurors sufficient reason to spare his life.