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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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  • O.J. Mayo scores 20, hot-shooting Bucks beat Pistons 101-86

    Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:54:00 GMT

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — O.J. Mayo scored 20 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks relied on perimeter shooting and defense in a 101-86 win Saturday night over the Detroit Pistons.

  • Ex-CEO filmed kicking dog in elevator charged with cruelty

    Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:27:10 GMT

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The former CEO of an arena catering business who resigned in September after video surfaced of him kicking a puppy in an elevator has been charged with animal cruelty in Canada.

  • Spanish police arrest 4 suspected members of a jihadi cell

    Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:50:06 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish National Police arrested four suspected jihadis Saturday in the country's North African enclave of Ceuta who allegedly had formed a terror cell and were ready to carry out an attack, the Interior Ministry said.

  • Cops: Escaped murder suspect, 17, kidnapped elderly woman

    Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:04:26 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A teenage murder suspect who escaped from police custody at a western Ohio hospital kidnapped a 70-year-old woman and forced her to give him a ride before he was caught, authorities said Saturday.

  • Man so angry he kicks pet Chihuahua, killing it

    Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:04:20 GMT

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 32-year-old Tacoma man is facing animal cruelty charges after police say he kicked his small dog so hard that it died.

  • Police: Third person dies after shooting at Nebraska party

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:58:57 GMT

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gunfire erupted during a crowded party in a vacant house in Omaha early Saturday, leaving three people dead and five wounded, and most witnesses refusing to help investigators, according to police.

  • Bomb threat against 2 planes at Atlanta's main airport

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:08:28 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — Police bomb and dog teams searched two planes at Atlanta's main airport Saturday after authorities received what they called credible bomb threats made online, airport and military officials said.

  • Boy, 13, arrested in fatal stabbing near Los Angeles school

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:37:37 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 13-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the fatal stabbing of a 14-year-old high school student outside an East Los Angeles middle school.

  • A look at wide world of cheating across sports

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:25:41 GMT

    Few sports issues can disrupt the hype to a Super Bowl quite like cheating. And while fans are a long way from knowing what mischief led to the New England Patriots winning the AFC title with underinflated footballs, it's already become the latest episode in a vast history of rule-breaking in the wide world of sports.

  • Police: 2 killed, 6 wounded in Omaha, Nebraska, shooting

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:28:11 GMT

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two women were shot to death and six people were wounded early Saturday at a house party in Omaha, authorities said.

  • Obama says terror group has killed hostage; others doubtful

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:59:55 GMT

    RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AP) — President Barack Obama is condemning what he calls "the brutal murder" of a Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group.

  • Canadian pleads not guilty in US terror case

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:47:09 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Canadian man pleaded not guilty Saturday to U.S. charges that he sent money and provided other long-distance support to Tunisian jihadists believed responsible for a 2009 suicide attack in Iraq that killed five American soldiers.

  • Police: 2 killed, 6 wounded in Omaha, Nebraska attack

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:04:44 GMT

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two women were shot to death and six people were wounded early Saturday at a house party in Omaha, authorities said.

  • Man who impregnated 11-year-old gets 15 years in prison

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:51:21 GMT

    LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) — A convicted sex offender was sentenced to 15 years in prison for fathering a child with an 11-year-old girl in western New York.

  • Police: Man shot his family, killing 3, then killed himself

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:40:42 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — In the quiet of a pre-dawn Saturday on a dead-end street, a father came home and shot his family in their heads, leaving women in three generations dead and a wounded 12-year-old girl calling 911, police said.

  • Police: Carpool lane stop leads to kidnapping charge

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:26:33 GMT

    FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — A man who was pulled over in a carpool lane near the George Washington Bridge because he didn't appear to have any passengers is facing kidnapping charges for allegedly holding two men against their will, including one he'd picked up in Texas, police said.

  • 'Not Mayberry anymore': Oil patch cops scramble to keep up

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:48:13 GMT

    WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — Police chief Art Walgren knew how much the oil boom had changed this once-sleepy town when he spotted something that would have been unheard of not long ago: license plates from Sinaloa, Mexico, home to one of the world's most violent drug cartels.

  • 3 dead, including girl, in NYC shooting; 2nd girl wounded

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:40:47 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A father was suspected of shooting his family in their home Saturday on a quiet New York City block, an attack on three generations that left two women and a girl dead and a second girl badly wounded, according to police and relatives.

  • Ex-Major League Baseball player Ted Lilly accused of fraud

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:05:24 GMT

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Former Major League Baseball player Ted Lilly has been charged in California with three felonies related to insurance fraud.

  • 3 dead, including girl, shot dead in NYC, 2nd girl wounded

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:15:47 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A father was suspected of shooting his family in their home Saturday on a quiet New York City block, an attack that spanned three generations and left two women and a girl dead and a second girl badly wounded, according to police and a relative.

  • Fake schools draw scrutiny of federal investigators

    Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:54:45 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — From her hometown in India in 2010, Bhanu Challa said she had no reason to doubt that Tri-Valley University was a legitimate American school where she could pursue a master's degree. Its website featured smiling students in caps and gowns and promised a leafy campus in a San Francisco Bay Area suburb.