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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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  • $4.8M in gold bars stolen in armored truck heist on highway

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:56:10 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Shortly after dusk along a lonely stretch of Interstate 95, armed robbers hijacked an armored truck, tied up the two guards and disappeared into the night with 275 pounds of gold bars.

  • Cleveland leaders apologize over blaming boy for own death

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:51:58 GMT

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's mayor apologized on Monday after the city's lawyers suggested in court documents that a 12-year-old boy who had a pellet gun when he was shot by police died as a result of his own actions.

  • Judge: CeeLo Green in compliance with probation in drug case

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:45:50 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — CeeLo Green has completed more than 150 hours of community service and is complying with counseling requirements that are conditions of his probation in a felony drug case, court records show.

  • Hernandez prosecutors want jury told about Florida shooting

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:44:17 GMT

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Prosecutors in the Massachusetts murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez asked the judge Monday to let them tell jurors about his involvement in a friend's shooting in Florida, saying it directly contradicts the argument his defense team has presented: He would not shoot a friend.

  • Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn't see his killer

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:26:11 GMT

    MOSCOW (AP) — The 23-year-old Ukrainian model who was with slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov tearfully recounted Monday their last dinner in a chic Red Square restaurant and their walk onto a nearby bridge — but said she did not see the gunman who pulled the trigger.

  • Oregon family hopes to free daughter jailed in Japan

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:13:30 GMT

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon family is trying to win the release of a young woman jailed in Japan because she shipped in a medication containing amphetamine.

  • No jail time for Nelson in assault on ex-football player

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:02:21 GMT

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson apologized in court Monday to a former Minnesota State football player who suffered a serious brain injury in a beating outside a nightclub last year.

  • Plea deal for second suspect in Spokane beating death

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:53:28 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The second teen accused of beating a World War II veteran to death during a robbery in Spokane accepted a deal Monday and pleaded guilty to murder.

  • Mom convicted of killing son, 5, by poisoning him with salt

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:52:14 GMT

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A woman who blogged for years about her son's constant health woes was convicted Monday of poisoning him to death by force-feeding heavy concentrations of sodium through his stomach tube.

  • Connecticut man accused of raping woman he met on dating app

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:26:46 GMT

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been charged with raping a Massachusetts woman he met on a dating app.

  • Police chief: Man killed on Skid Row reached for gun

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:20:27 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row during a "brutal" videotaped struggle in which a rookie officer cried out that the man had hold of his gun before three other officers opened fire, the Los Angeles police chief said Monday.

  • Black Madam 'body sculptor' hospitalized, testimony halted

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:17:40 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An aspiring hip-hop artist who boasts about her talent for black-market "body sculpting" has been hospitalized with chest pains and won't be back on the witness stand in her murder trial until at least Wednesday.

  • 'Suge' Knight taken to hospital after court hearing

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:16:36 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight told a judge that he is suffering from blindness and other health complications moments before he was taken to a hospital Monday morning.

  • 3 Attica guards plead guilty as assault trial about to begin

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 21:12:08 GMT

    WARSAW, N.Y. (AP) — Three Attica prison guards charged with beating a jewelry thief until bones in his face and legs broke in 2011 pleaded guilty Monday in an agreement that will spare them jail time.

  • 'Suge' Knight says he's fired lawyers in murder case

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:34:48 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight told a judge that he is suffering from blindness and other health complications moments before he was taken to a hospital Monday morning.

  • $4.8 million in gold stolen from truck in North Carolina

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:31:28 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Armed robbers stole about $4.8 million in gold bars on Sunday from an armored truck traveling north along Interstate 95 from Florida to Massachusetts, authorities said Monday.

  • Hawaii police officer arrested after bicyclist killed

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:26:31 GMT

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A 30-year-old police officer on Hawaii's Big Island was arrested and placed on administrative leave after he hit with his car and killed a bicyclist visiting from Michigan

  • Los Angeles police kill man in struggle captured on video

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:24:45 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles police chief says officers fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row after he grabbed an officer's holster during a struggle.

  • Obama: 'Now is the moment' for police to make changes

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:22:31 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Monday the deaths of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York show that law enforcement needs to change practices to build trust in minority communities, as a White House task force called for independent investigations when police use deadly force.

  • Man accused of al-Qaida plot tells US jury he's no terrorist

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:18:01 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Pakistani man who's acting as his own attorney at a U.S. terror trial told a jury in closing arguments Monday that there's no proof he plotted with al-Qaida to cause death and destruction at a busy British shopping mall.

  • Mother of Georgia man killed by police denies he was armed

    Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:05:01 GMT

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The mother of a handcuffed man killed by police said Monday she doesn't believe investigators' findings that her son was armed with a gun and she suspects a cover-up to protect the officer who shot him five times.