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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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  • Boyfriend arrested in rape, brutal attack of California girl

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 18:57:51 GMT

    HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Police in Central California have arrested a man accused of raping his 16-year-old girlfriend and beating her with a tire iron over the course of five days.

  • Egypt releases imprisoned Al-Jazeera reporter

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 18:41:04 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — A reporter for Al-Jazeera English was released from an Egyptian prison and deported Sunday after more than a year behind bars, but his two Egyptian colleagues remained jailed in a case widely condemned as a sham by human-rights groups.

  • Sheriff seeking 'person of interest' after 5 people killed

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 18:22:49 GMT

    LAGRANGE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a "person of interest" after five people were found slain inside a west Georgia home.

  • Marathon bombing defense likely to focus on dead brother

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 17:26:31 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — The best chance to save the life of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev might be to put his dead brother on trial.

  • Police: Woman dials wrong number, offers detective drugs

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 16:54:59 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say a woman selling drugs made a big mistake that landed her in jail — she mistakenly called an Albuquerque police detective.

  • Toddler wounds both parents with 1 shot from handgun

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 16:34:55 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy found a handgun in his mother's purse and fired just one shot that wounded both his parents at an Albuquerque motel on Saturday, police said.

  • Self-styled 'seer' faces murder trial for death he foretold

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 15:48:15 GMT

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The leader of a Kansas commune that prosecutors say lived off of insurance payouts following the deaths of group members is set to stand trial for murder in the 2003 drowning of one of them — a young mother whose death he allegedly foretold weeks before it happened.

  • Egypt deports Australian Al-Jazeera reporter

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 15:44:30 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — Al-Jazeera English reporter Peter Greste left Egypt on Sunday after the president approved his deportation following more than a year behind bars in a case that was widely condemned by rights groups, officials said.

  • A look at Egypt's Al-Jazeera English Trial

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 15:29:41 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — Here is a look at the major events in the arrest and trial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists imprisoned in Egypt for over a year:

  • Analysis: The world's problems enter Japan's psyche, again

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 10:24:43 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese, who inhabit one of the safest countries in the world, have been brutally reminded that the world is a dangerous place.

  • US defense contractor says staff targeted in Saudi shooting

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 09:42:06 GMT

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. defense contractor says two of its employees were the Americans shot at in Saudi Arabia on Friday, marking the second such incident for the company in less than four months.

  • US prosecutors: New spy case shows Russia up to old tricks

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 07:13:47 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. authorities say an investigation of an alleged spy ring shows Russian secret agents are still infiltrating American society.

  • Man arrested after body parts found in suitcase

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:31:33 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco police arrested a man on suspicion of murder Saturday in connection with a suitcase found on a downtown street stuffed with dismembered human remains.

  • Authorities review video of fatal parking lot run-in

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 03:54:06 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sheriff's investigators Saturday were reviewing a video of an incident in which hip-hop music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight hit two men with his pickup truck, killing one, that may help provide clarity on whether Knight was the victim or attacker in his most serious run-in with the law to date.

  • Police probing alleged corruption in Nevada Legislature

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 01:11:43 GMT

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Las Vegas police have confirmed they are investigating allegations of corruption in the Nevada Legislature involving an extortion attempt aimed at a Republican assemblyman who has drawn criticism from more conservative lawmakers.

  • DeLay: Rick Perry's White House hopes likely hurt by charges

    Sun, 01 Feb 2015 00:37:51 GMT

    HOUSTON (AP) — Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said Saturday he can relate to any fallout from the indictment dogging former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, noting his own nearly decade-long legal fight that cost him his powerful congressional post and public career.

  • Ex-spy chief wanted in Colombia for wiretaps surrenders

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:10:25 GMT

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The former head of Colombia's intelligence agency ended several years on the run and surrendered to face charges of spying on opponents of former President Alvaro Uribe.

  • AP Interview: NYC mayor says he has moved past police crisis

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:47:04 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Weeks removed from an open revolt from his own police force that had officers turning their backs on him, Mayor Bill de Blasio now declares he has moved past the rift, striking a tenuous truce with a strategy to stay above the fray and public opinion that eventually soured on the cops' behavior.

  • 3 men shot in Afghanistan worked for North Carolina firm

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:46:42 GMT

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina-based firm says it employed the three military contractors who were shot to death earlier this week in Afghanistan.

  • Airport authorities: Traveler beats homeless man with chair

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:44:27 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A traveler who remained at Newark Liberty International Airport after missing two flights faced numerous charges Saturday for allegedly beating a homeless man with a chair as the man was sleeping.

  • Smith-Rivera leads No. 21 Hoyas past cold Creighton 67-40

    Sat, 31 Jan 2015 21:10:14 GMT

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 24 points and No. 21 Georgetown held Creighton without a field goal for more than 17 minutes in a 67-40 victory Saturday.