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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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  • Israeli Arab, policeman killed amid clashes over demolitions

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:39:14 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli Arab rammed his vehicle into a group of police officers on Wednesday, killing one of them before he was shot dead during clashes in southern Israel, police said, while local residents accused the police of using excessive force, saying the man lost control of his vehicle after he was shot.

  • Charges dropped against teen accused in slaying of rabbi

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:39:13 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a teenager accused of killing a New York rabbi in Miami.

  • 526 potential victims in sex abuse case, 248 clubs impacted

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:57:53 GMT

    LONDON (AP) — Police say the number of clubs impacted by British soccer's sprawling child sex abuse scandal has climbed to 248, with 184 suspects and 526 potential victims.

  • Police: MLK Day shooting in Miami sparked by gangs

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:50:07 GMT

    MIAMI (AP) — Police say rival gangs are to blame for a shooting at a park following the annual Martin Luther King Day Parade in Miami.

  • 10 Things to Know for Today

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:42:03 GMT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • Suspect in Florida officer's killing captured after manhunt

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:39:50 GMT

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man wanted in the fatal shootings of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police officer was wearing body armor and had two handguns when he was arrested at an abandoned house, authorities said.

  • Japan hotel chain under fire over denial of Rape of Nanking

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:22:49 GMT

    TOKYO (AP) — A fast-growing Japanese hotel chain is facing criticism over a book penned by the hotel's owner that says the Rape of Nanking was fabricated.

  • Israeli Arab, policeman killed in clashes over demolitions

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:07:01 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli Arab rammed his vehicle into a group of police officers on Wednesday, killing one of them before he was shot dead during clashes in southern Israel over a court-ordered operation to demolish illegally built homes, police said, while local residents accused the police of using excessive force against demonstrators.

  • Trump pick to lead EPA has spotty state environmental record

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:31:57 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first took office as Oklahoma's attorney general, he disbanded the unit responsible for protecting the state's natural resources.

  • Prosecutor: Orlando gunman's widow knew about the attack

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:31:32 GMT

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The widow of the Orlando nightclub gunman knew about the attack ahead of time and then hindered the criminal investigation when she lied to FBI agents after the shooting, prosecutors said during a brief court appearance a day after her arrest in California.

  • A look at Chelsea Manning's case

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:48:32 GMT

    U.S. Army Private Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence for leaking classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks has been commuted by President Barack Obama to about seven years, including the time she spent locked up before she was convicted in 2013. Her sentence is now set to expire May 17.

  • Obama hands down several high profile clemencies, pardons

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:42:54 GMT

    The Obama administration on Tuesday shortened the prison sentences of 209 people and granted pardons to another 64.

  • Turkey: suspected gunman's capture aids security against IS

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:33:00 GMT

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's justice minister says the capture of the suspected perpetrator of the New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul will lead to a better understanding of the Islamic State group's operations in Turkey.

  • Czech man accused of AIDS offense held in Thailand

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:26:41 GMT

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said Wednesday they have arrested a Czech man wanted in his country for allegedly having unprotected sex with several people, including a minor, while being aware that he had AIDS.

  • Seoul court considers arrest of Samsung de facto head

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:03:19 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court is considering whether to approve the arrest of Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong, one of the country's wealthiest business leaders, on charges of bribery and other offenses.

  • Indian court acquits actor Salman Khan of using illegal arms

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:48:59 GMT

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Top Bollywood star Salman Khan was acquitted Wednesday of the charge of using unlicensed arms while hunting for rare blackbucks in a wildlife preserve 18 years ago.

  • A half-century later, questions cloud Boston Strangler case

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:40:12 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — Fifty years ago Wednesday, a factory worker who claimed he was the notorious Boston Strangler was sentenced to prison.

  • Back-to-back shootings shake Mexico's tourism jewels

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:26:40 GMT

    CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Two consecutive days of shooting attacks that left a total of nine dead have put two of the jewels of Mexico's Caribbean coast on edge and spurred a warning to tourists by the U.S. government.

  • Cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:57:38 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting, much as it shrouded baseball in the 1990s and early 2000s.

  • Review board: Fatal police shooting of suspect was justified

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:35:12 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A review board has determined a SWAT team officer's fatal shooting of a robbery suspect outside a convenience store in Ohio's capital city in 2015 was justified.

  • 4 dead in new shooting in Mexico's Caribbean resort region

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 04:18:47 GMT

    CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Gunmen attacked the state prosecutors' office in this Caribbean resort city Tuesday, and authorities said four people were killed, ratcheting up tensions just a day after a shooting at a music festival in a nearby town left three foreigners and two Mexicans dead.