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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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  • NY prison worker pleads guilty in escape of 2 killers

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:57:56 GMT

    PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A northern New York prison worker pleaded guilty Tuesday to smuggling hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to two killers who later broke out and spent more than two weeks on the run.

  • Aaron Hernandez's lawyer asks to question anonymous tipster

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:45:48 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A lawyer for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is asking a judge to let him question under oath a woman who called him anonymously and raised questions about a member of the jury that convicted his client of murder.

  • Spanish police: shooting in Barcelona, 1 wounded

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:31:32 GMT

    MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say one person has been wounded in a shooting in the downtown area of the city of Barcelona.

  • Man killed by escort possibly linked to missing women

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:09:43 GMT

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man killed by an escort he met online is being investigated for possible links to the unsolved disappearances or slayings of women nationwide, authorities said.

  • Libya court sentences Gadhafi son to death for 2011 killings

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:09:06 GMT

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A court in Libya on Tuesday sentenced a son of Moammar Gadhafi to death by firing squad after convicting him of murder and inciting genocide during the country's 2011 civil war.

  • Police: Officer shoots, wounds man in Baltimore

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:37:44 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Police say an officer shot a man in the face in southwest Baltimore after the man ran his car into a cruiser.

  • Myanmar police seize over 26 million stimulant tablets

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:35:14 GMT

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Police in Myanmar's largest city said Tuesday that they've seized more than 26 million stimulant tablets with a street value of over $100 million, in what appears to be the country's biggest such seizure ever.

  • Bahrain: 2 police officers killed, 6 wounded in bomb attack

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:09:52 GMT

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two Bahraini policemen were killed and six were wounded in a bomb attack south of the island kingdom's capital on Tuesday, according to authorities.

  • Litvinenko judge slams 'charade' of suspect's testimony bid

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 12:00:13 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — The British judge investigating the radioactive poisoning death of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko on Tuesday accused Russian authorities or a key suspect of interfering with his inquiry.

  • UK priest who fled after fleecing flock jailed in England

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:53:10 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — A British judge has jailed a runaway priest for two years and eight months for pocketing church funds.

  • Body believed to be missing California girl, 8, found

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:44:34 GMT

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — The search for a missing 8-year-old girl came to a tragic end after police found a body inside a trash bin at a Northern California complex where she was last seen riding her scooter. A teenage boy, who also lives in the complex, was arrested in the case.

  • Prison worker accused of helping killers escape due in court

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:35:15 GMT

    PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A northern New York prison worker accused of smuggling hacksaw blades in frozen hamburger meat to two killers who later broke out and spent more than two weeks on the run is due in court Tuesday for arraignment.

  • Union raffling gun to benefit officer who shot unarmed man

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:24:00 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's police union is raffling off a pistol and other items to benefit an officer who has been on restricted duty since he fatally shot an unarmed burglary suspect in March.

  • Principal's suicide, forged tests rock promising NYC school

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:09:28 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jeanene Worrell-Breeden had what she called a dream job running a public school linked with Columbia University's Teachers College when she killed herself by jumping in front of a subway car this spring.

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:43:04 GMT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • Obama ivory crackdown leaves open California loopholes

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:26:45 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ivory dealers in San Francisco's Chinatown stood in their shop doors besides store windows full of carved ivory tusks and trinkets this week, unfazed by President Barack Obama's announcement of proposed rules that the White House says go as far as the administration can go toward banning all U.S. trade of ivory from the world's endangered elephants.

  • Theater shooting: No red flags reported at time of gun sale

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:18:09 GMT

    CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — John Russell Houser's mental problems were well known to many, though perhaps not to the store that sold him the .40-caliber handgun used in a deadly attack on a Louisiana movie theater. A federal background check came back clean, the pawn shop said, with no red flags raised at the time of sale.

  • True-crime author Ann Rule dies at age 83

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:34:03 GMT

    SEATTLE (AP) — True-crime writer Ann Rule signed a contract to write a book about an unknown Seattle serial killer six months before he was identified as her co-worker Ted Bundy, who shared the night shift at Seattle's Crisis Clinic.

  • Colorado theater shooter's sister says she still loves him

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:09:34 GMT

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — When the younger sister of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes visited him in jail nearly two years after the attack, she no longer saw the loving brother who protected her when they were growing up.

  • Body believed to be missing California girl found

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:12:10 GMT

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — The search for a missing 8-year-old girl came to a tragic end after police found a body inside a dumpster at a complex in Northern California where she was last seen riding her scooter. A teenage boy, who also lives in the complex, was arrested in the case.

  • Experts: Report shows Sandra Bland may have used pot in jail

    Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:58:17 GMT

    HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) — An initial toxicology report for Sandra Bland, who died in a Texas jail cell three days after her arrest during a traffic stop, raises the possibility that she may have used marijuana while in custody, two experts said.