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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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  • Fired employee kills co-worker, self at Houston-area company

    Wed, 04 May 2016 15:22:50 GMT

    KATY, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a recently fired employee opened fire at a transportation company near Houston, killing one employee and injuring another before fatally shooting himself.

  • Woman pleads not guilty in Oklahoma State parade crash

    Wed, 04 May 2016 15:18:34 GMT

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A woman accused of driving her car into Oklahoma State's homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring dozens, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.

  • Girl's abduction, death leave Navajo community heartbroken

    Wed, 04 May 2016 15:16:41 GMT

    SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — The stranger walked with 11-year-old Ashlynne Mike into the hills of a remote area of the Navajo Nation known for its breathtaking views and the monolithic rock outcropping that stands as a beacon for miles.

  • Ferguson seeking to replace city prosecutor

    Wed, 04 May 2016 15:16:29 GMT

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson is seeking to replace a city prosecutor who was criticized by the federal investigation of the St. Louis suburb's justice system after the 2014 police shooting death of Michael Brown.

  • Sheriff: Ex-worker kills 1, injures 1 before killing self

    Wed, 04 May 2016 15:15:41 GMT

    KATY, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a recently fired employee opened fire at a transportation company in Houston, killing one employee and injuring another before fatally shooting himself.

  • Teens kidnapped after high school prom fight off attacker

    Wed, 04 May 2016 15:15:27 GMT

    VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Two California teens kidnapped following their high school prom managed to escape after one of them wrested a gun away from their attacker and then pistol-whipped him, authorities said.

  • Killer of 4 to testify against man charged with slaying 7

    Wed, 04 May 2016 15:10:18 GMT

    NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A man who killed two women and two children in Connecticut is expected to be a key witness against another man who allegedly told prison fellow inmates about using his "murder mobile" while killing seven people in the state in 2003, according to court documents.

  • Ex-Michigan State player Keith Appling faces weapons charges

    Wed, 04 May 2016 15:00:54 GMT

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling faces charges including carrying a concealed weapon after he was found in possession of guns and marijuana in suburban Detroit.

  • Reports of gunfire at Houston-area transportation company

    Wed, 04 May 2016 14:57:36 GMT

    KATY, Texas (AP) — Officers are responding to reports of gunfire at a transportation company near Houston.

  • Group: 13 Peuhls killed in latest attacks in Mali

    Wed, 04 May 2016 14:53:13 GMT

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Pro-government militia killed four members of the Peuhl ethnic group in central Mali and then struck again at the funeral, killing nine more victims, a local community group said Wednesday.

  • Tamir Rice's mom to speak at tribute for Kent State victims

    Wed, 04 May 2016 14:39:00 GMT

    KENT, Ohio (AP) — Tamir Rice's mother has been chosen to give the keynote speech at this year's commemoration of the 1970 shootings at Kent State University.

  • NY lawmakers, victims push for right to sue child molesters

    Wed, 04 May 2016 14:30:24 GMT

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers who were molested as children have joined lawmakers at an Albany rally to push for lifting the state's statute of limitations on suing abusers, saying the law closing the window at age 23 guarantees repeated victims.

  • Book Review: 'Mission Hill' by Pamela Wechsler

    Wed, 04 May 2016 14:25:57 GMT

    "Mission Hill" (Minotaur Books), by Pamela Wechsler

  • Feds indict alleged members of Gangster Disciples

    Wed, 04 May 2016 14:22:45 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A federal indictment charges alleged members of the Gangster Disciples street gang, including an Atlanta area police officer, with racketeering activity.

  • Mining company's stock dives as Brazil sues in dam tragedy

    Wed, 04 May 2016 14:20:01 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — Shares in miner BHP Billiton tumbled after Brazil's federal prosecutor launched a $43 billion civil suit for a dam break that killed 19 people and caused the worst environmental disaster in the country's history.

  • Facebook friend stole $78K from elderly Pennsylvania woman

    Wed, 04 May 2016 14:17:20 GMT

    WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police say an elderly woman's Facebook friend stole her $78,000 life savings by convincing her that they needed the money to import BMWs into the United States.

  • Egypt court acquits Mubarak-era premier of graft

    Wed, 04 May 2016 13:59:04 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has acquitted a former prime minister of graft charges in the latest retrial linked to his time serving under longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

  • Group: 13 more Peuhls killed in latest attacks in Mali

    Wed, 04 May 2016 13:44:15 GMT

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Local community leaders in central Mali say pro-government fighters have killed more than a dozen members of an ethnic group accused of links to Islamic extremism.

  • Police: Student stabbed to death on Georgia college campus

    Wed, 04 May 2016 13:44:02 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A suspect with a knife is in custody after campus police say a Fort Valley State University student was attacked and killed on the school's main campus in central Georgia on Tuesday.

  • Arraignment set for woman charged in Oklahoma parade crash

    Wed, 04 May 2016 13:37:44 GMT

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A woman accused of driving her car into Oklahoma State's homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring dozens, is due in court for a formal arraignment.

  • Feds end probe into Bowling Green police minority hiring

    Wed, 04 May 2016 13:35:30 GMT

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has told city officials in Bowling Green, Kentucky, it has ended its investigation into minority hiring practices at the city's police department.