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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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  • Police find Nazi items, explosives during murder probe

    Tue, 23 May 2017 08:32:34 GMT

    Authorities say investigators found white supremacist propaganda, bomb-making materials and a framed photograph of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh at a Florida apartment where a teenager killed two roommates who once shared his neo-Nazi beliefs before he converted to Islam.

  • Thai police running hospital bomb probe as security reviewed

    Tue, 23 May 2017 08:24:52 GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's ruling junta said Tuesday that police will handle the investigation into a bombing at a military-run hospital that wounded more than 20 people, while security elsewhere in the country is being reviewed.

  • A call for patience during investigation of campus stabbing

    Tue, 23 May 2017 08:11:51 GMT

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Prosecutors are asking for patience as they investigate as a possible hate crime the stabbing of black Army officer, allegedly by a white University of Maryland student.

  • 'Conspiracy bill' draws backlash in Japan over state powers

    Tue, 23 May 2017 08:03:39 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan's lower house approved a bill Tuesday allowing authorities to punish those found guilty of planning serious crimes, legislation that opponents say could be used to undermine basic civil liberties.

  • Veteran reporter compares Watergate, Trump's travails

    Tue, 23 May 2017 07:48:57 GMT

    In Watergate, the smoking gun was a White House tape proving that Richard M. Nixon ordered a cover-up — the final evidence that forced him from the White House.

  • Hong Kong police arrest 21 Uber drivers in latest crackdown

    Tue, 23 May 2017 07:38:51 GMT

    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police launched a fresh crackdown Tuesday on Uber, arresting 21 drivers suspected of working for the ride-hailing giant in the Asian financial center.

  • Some recent major attacks in Europe

    Tue, 23 May 2017 07:33:00 GMT

    The deadly bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester is the latest attack in Europe in recent years. Here are some of recent major ones:

  • South Korea's Park denies charges as corruption trial begins

    Tue, 23 May 2017 07:26:24 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former President Park Geun-hye denied corruption charges Tuesday at the start of a criminal trial that could potentially send South Korea's first female leader to prison for life.

  • Thai police handing hospital bomb probe as security reviewed

    Tue, 23 May 2017 07:25:52 GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's ruling junta said Tuesday that police will handle the investigation into a bombing at a military-run hospital that wounded more than 20 people, while security elsewhere in the country is being reviewed.

  • Survivors: Help build congresswoman mass shooting memorial

    Tue, 23 May 2017 07:12:07 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — Survivors of the mass shooting that left former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords severely wounded are pleading with the public to help pay for a long-planned memorial after state funding fell through during this year's session of the Arizona Legislature.

  • 2 men in Indonesia caned dozens of times for gay sex

    Tue, 23 May 2017 06:35:10 GMT

    BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Two men in Indonesia's Aceh province were publicly caned dozens of times Tuesday for consensual gay sex, a punishment that intensifies an anti-gay backlash in the world's most populous Muslim country and which rights advocates denounced as "medieval torture."

  • Column: Scott Dixon grabs Indy 500 spotlight, robbery aside

    Tue, 23 May 2017 06:04:31 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It is only fitting that it was Scott Dixon, the greatest IndyCar driver of his generation, to grab some of the spotlight away from Fernando Alonso.

  • Evacuations lifted as crews advance on fire near San Diego

    Tue, 23 May 2017 05:26:28 GMT

    JAMUL, Calif. (AP) — A criminal investigation has been launched into the origin of a brush fire that forced hundreds of people to evacuate over the weekend southeast of San Diego, authorities said.

  • The Latest: S.Korea's Park leaves court after start of trial

    Tue, 23 May 2017 04:50:45 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the bribery trial of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye (all times local):

  • Corruption trial begins for ex-South Korean President Park

    Tue, 23 May 2017 04:31:10 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former President Park Geun-hye stared straight ahead and denied that she engaged in bribery and leaking government secrets at Tuesday's start of the criminal trial that could send South Korea's first female leader to prison for life if she is convicted.

  • No rush for charges in 'Angel of Death' fatal prison beating

    Tue, 23 May 2017 04:22:21 GMT

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio authorities investigating the fatal prison beating of a serial killer dubbed the "Angel of Death" say they're in no hurry to file charges.

  • Flight took off with disruptive passenger despite red flags

    Tue, 23 May 2017 04:18:56 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — Despite raising possible red flags at Los Angeles International Airport, a man cited by airport police and traveling without any luggage or carry-on bags was allowed to board a flight to Hawaii.

  • Today in History

    Tue, 23 May 2017 04:00:09 GMT

    Today in History

  • The Latest: Park denies corruption charges during trial

    Tue, 23 May 2017 03:12:06 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the bribery trial of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye (all times local):

  • Title IX investigation into sexual assault allegations ends

    Tue, 23 May 2017 02:27:39 GMT

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State officials say they have concluded a Title IX investigation into an alleged sexual assault and haven't taken any action to remove three football players from the university.

  • The Latest: Park supporters rally near Seoul court

    Tue, 23 May 2017 02:12:01 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the bribery trial of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye (all times local):