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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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  • Suspect arrested in death of 2 California deputies

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:24:28 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man armed with an assault rifle shot three sheriff's deputies and a civilian, killing two of the deputies and leading dozens of police officers on a wild six-hour chase and manhunt Friday that spanned two Northern California counties before the 34-year-old suspect was taken into custody.

  • School gunman was Homecoming prince, students say

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:17:54 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A student recently crowned freshman class Homecoming prince walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria Friday and opened fire, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said.

  • Shipping company pleads guilty in molasses spill

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:28:27 GMT

    HONOLULU (AP) — A shipping company pleaded guilty Friday to criminal charges from a 233,000-gallon molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor, but a federal judge said he wants to examine the legality of $600,000 in community service payments the company has agreed to pay.

  • Feds: Nothing new on Tsarnaev, 3 slayings

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:34:49 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say they don't have any new evidence that the brother of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) was involved in a 2011 triple slaying and have no witness who will testify that Tsarnaev knew his brother was involved in the killings.

  • Remains belong to missing Virginia student

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:18:41 GMT

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Remains found nearly a week ago in a rural area of Virginia are those of a missing university student, authorities said Friday, as they turned their attention to filing possible additional charges against the suspect accused of abducting her.

  • Official identifies gunman in high school shooting

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:16:16 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A government official has identified the shooter at a Washington state high school as student Jaylen Fryberg.

  • Official identifies gunman in high school attack

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:01:23 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A government official has identified the student shooter at a Washington state high school as Jaylen Fryberg.

  • Police: 2 dead, including gunman, in school attack

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:44:37 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A student walked into his Seattle-area high school cafeteria on Friday and opened fire without shouting or arguing, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said.

  • Oklahoma inmate attacks lawyer, then gets life

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:35:31 GMT

    OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma inmate was sentenced Friday to three life prison terms without parole in the killings of two girls and his fiancee, but his punishment was delayed about an hour because he attacked one of his defense attorneys with a razor blade.

  • Jury says castrated sex offender should be freed

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:29:04 GMT

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California jury on Friday found that a castrated sex offender who preyed on young girls should no longer be considered a sexually violent predator and is eligible for release.

  • Gunman in Canada attack complained about mosque

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:27:42 GMT

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The gunman who shot and killed a soldier in plain daylight then stormed Canada's Parliament once complained that a Vancouver mosque he attended was too liberal and inclusive, and was kicked out after he repeatedly spent the night there even though officials told him to stop, Muslim leaders said Friday.

  • AP NewsAlert

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:24:33 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's spokeswoman says second California deputy shot by assailant has died.

  • Suspect arrested in death of California deputy

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:15:59 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials say they have apprehended a suspect in the fatal shooting of one deputy and the shooting of two other deputies and a bystander.

  • Sheriff's spokeswoman says suspect in fatal shooting of California officer taken into custody

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:06:22 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's spokeswoman says suspect in fatal shooting of California officer taken into custody.

  • Attorney: NFL, Ravens not helping union Rice probe

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:04:45 GMT

    The attorney leading the NFL players' union investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence case told The Associated Press the league and the Baltimore Ravens have not been cooperating.

  • 3 California sheriffs' deputies shot, 1 dies

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:04:23 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An assailant shot and killed a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy and wounded two other deputies and a bystander Friday during a series of shootings that spanned 30 miles through two California counties and prompted a massive manhunt for the suspect.

  • Pro soccer ref charged with fraud in NY, suspended

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:31:18 GMT

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A Major League Soccer referee has been accused of collecting New York unemployment benefits while working and has been suspended.

  • US halal food supplier indicted over beef exports

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:24:36 GMT

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The founder of a popular line of food products for observant Muslims has been charged with fraudulently shipping beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet the countries' import requirements, federal prosecutors in Iowa said Friday.

  • 4 dead during attempted Dominican prison break

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:12:48 GMT

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic say at least four inmates died and two guards were injured during an attempted prison escape orchestrated by armed gunmen.

  • Sacramento County Sheriff says officer shot by assailant has died

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:08:17 GMT

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento County Sheriff says officer shot by assailant has died.

  • Police: Student gunman died of self-inflicted shot

    Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:43:31 GMT

    MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Police in Washington state say the student who opened fire in a high school cafeteria died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.