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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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  • The Latest: Businessman withdraws reward in Ohio shootings

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:25:49 GMT

    PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the developments in the killings of eight family members in southern Ohio (all times local):

  • Official: Boy with BB gun faced police before being shot

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:25:02 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A 13-year-old who was shot by Baltimore police had turned toward the officers with a replica gun still in his hand when one officer fired two rounds, striking the teen in the shoulder and leg, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Thursday.

  • California brothers arrested in parents' shooting deaths

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:24:28 GMT

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Two California brothers were arrested Thursday in connection with the shooting deaths of their parents, who were popular fixtures at their mosque for three decades and had helped relatives emigrate from their native Bangladesh.

  • Texas man in Iowa to face lottery jackpot fraud charges

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:23:58 GMT

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Texas man accused of helping a lottery computer manager in Iowa collect jackpots from rigged lottery games gave up a yearlong extradition fight on Thursday and traveled to Iowa to face charges.

  • Church member charged with fatal shooting at Sunday service

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:23:24 GMT

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A member of a suburban church was charged Wednesday in the shooting death of another churchgoer in an altercation during Sunday services.

  • Ohio massacre: 1 family, 8 dead, hundreds of tips, 0 answers

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:15:42 GMT

    PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — From her house on Union Hill Road, Brittany Barker heard the first sirens first thing in the morning. She looked out and saw four police vehicles rush past. That was only the beginning.

  • Mexico charges 4 detectives with holding foreigners

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:10:48 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge in Mexico has ordered two federal detectives and two ex-detectives to stand trial on charges of kidnaping for extortion for allegedly holding 15 South American women briefly to demand a bribe for not reporting them to immigration authorities.

  • Mom convicted of creating public nuisance for Facebook post

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:02:11 GMT

    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman has been convicted of creating a public nuisance by posting an online comment about the possibility of a shooting at her son's middle school.

  • Man indicted in fatal shooting of ex-Saints player

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:46:37 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A business owner and semiprofessional football player was indicted Thursday on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of retired New Orleans Saints' defensive end Will Smith.

  • Slain teen's dad, stepmom arrested on domestic abuse charges

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:35:03 GMT

    WYTHEVILLE, Va. (AP) — Authorities say the father and stepmother of a slain Virginia teenager have been arrested after a domestic violence incident.

  • Police: Man shot dead after killing wife, shooting at deputy

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:29:42 GMT

    SULPHUR, La. (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of fatally shooting his wife is dead after exchanging gunfire with sheriff's deputies in southwest Louisiana.

  • Next for Hastert: Prison, sex-offender program, polygraph

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:21:58 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Now that a judge branded him "a serial child molester," Dennis Hastert must prepare to serve his 15-month prison sentence. Once he's out, the former House speaker must participate in a sex-offender program that could include lie-detector and other tests to determine how many children he's molested in his lifetime.

  • Bill Tilden: A US tennis hero, but with a morals clause

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:21:13 GMT

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In the 1920s and 1930s, Bill Tilden was to tennis what Babe Ruth was to baseball. Honoring him with a historical marker should be an ace — if not for questions about his conduct with teenage boys.

  • Oklahoma legislators seek change in sodomy law after ruling

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:18:34 GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — After Oklahoma's highest court dismissed a criminal charge against a 17-year-old boy accused of forcing a heavily intoxicated girl to perform oral sex, outraged lawmakers vowed Thursday they'll move quickly to fix an apparent loophole in the state's forcible sodomy law.

  • Israelis, Palestinians differ on shooting after teens killed

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:02:35 GMT

    QATANA, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian siblings gunned down at a West Bank checkpoint after approaching Israeli troops — with knives, according to Israel — were needlessly killed and could have been subdued without deadly force, their parents, witnesses and an Israeli lawmaker said Thursday.

  • The Latest: 3 linked to San Bernardino shooter set for court

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:53:04 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on warrants served in a marriage fraud investigation stemming from the December terror attack that killed 14 in San Bernardino (all times local):

  • The Latest: $1.75M bail for man in shooting of ex-Saint

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:48:09 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the case of a man who is accused of fatally shooting retired New Orleans Saints player Will Smith during a traffic dispute (all times local):

  • Family of man killed in police shooting leery of grand jury

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:41:31 GMT

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Relatives of a legally armed black musician who was fatally shot by a police officer while waiting for a tow truck said Thursday that after meeting with prosecutors they remain leery but are also more hopeful about the decision to present the case to a grand jury.

  • Defense secretary investigating accuracy of sex crimes cases

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:39:10 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday he's investigating whether his department misled Congress in an effort to derail a contentious bill that would change the way the military handles allegations of sexual misconduct.

  • Carter says he's investigating accuracy of sex crimes cases

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:24:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter says he's investigating whether his department misled Congress in order to derail a bill changing how the military handles sexual misconduct allegations.

  • Egypt tries to divert eyes to citizen who died in London

    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:23:22 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — Under scrutiny in Europe over its handling of investigations into the torture death of an Italian student in Cairo, Egyptian authorities sought to deflect attention Thursday toward the fate of a British-Egyptian man who died in a London fire.