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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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  • Man faces 2 capital murder charges in Mississippi nun deaths

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 06:06:52 GMT

    LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) — A man has been arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with the deaths of two nuns who were slain in Mississippi, police said.

  • Police: Man, 46, arrested and charged with 2 counts of capital murder in deaths of Mississippi nuns

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 05:27:35 GMT

    DURANT, Miss. (AP) — Police: Man, 46, arrested and charged with 2 counts of capital murder in deaths of Mississippi nuns.

  • Girl's killing is New Mexico's latest horrific child death

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:58:07 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The killing this week of a 10-year-old Albuquerque girl who police say was drugged, raped and dismembered is just the latest horrific child slaying case for New Mexico, which has the nation's highest youth poverty rate and a state government that has had heavily publicized difficulties protecting children from abuse.

  • Dwyane Wade's cousin fatally shot pushing baby in stroller

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:43:54 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin was shot and killed in Chicago on Friday while pushing her baby in a stroller near a school where she intended to register her children.

  • Border Patrol seizes $3M in cash destined for Mexico

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 04:03:40 GMT

    ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — The Border Patrol says it has arrested two men they believe tried to smuggle $3 million in cash into Mexico from California.

  • Justice Department will probe metro Phoenix sheriff Arpaio

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 03:59:20 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — The investigation and possible prosecution of metropolitan Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be handled by the U.S. Justice Department after federal prosecutors in Arizona asked to be removed because of unspecified conflicts of interest, according to a court filing made public.

  • Ex-wife says Trump campaign CEO made anti-Semitic remarks

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 03:27:27 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An ex-wife of Donald Trump's new campaign CEO, Stephen Bannon, said Bannon made anti-Semitic remarks when the two battled over sending their daughters to private school nearly a decade ago, according to court papers reviewed Friday by The Associated Press.

  • The Latest: Trump's CEO accused of anti-Semitic remarks

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 02:32:45 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):

  • 'Making a Murderer' attorney seeks more evidence testing

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 02:26:34 GMT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The attorney for a Wisconsin inmate featured in the hit Netflix series "Making a Murderer" filed a motion Friday seeking permission to perform extensive testing on evidence she believes will show he's innocent.

  • Other controversial remarks made by GOP Maine Gov. LePage

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 01:14:00 GMT

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage left an obscene tirade on the voicemail of a Democratic lawmaker who criticized his remark that 90 percent of the drug dealers arrested in the state are black and Hispanic. He also told reporters he wished it were 1825 so he could challenge the lawmaker to a duel and point a gun between his eyes. LePage later said that was a metaphor and he meant no physical harm.

  • Dallas protest leader sentenced to 2 years in prison

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:15:35 GMT

    DALLAS (AP) — A leader of the group that organized the protest where a sniper killed five law enforcement officers in Dallas was sentenced Friday to prison for unrelated probation violations.

  • Feds charge dozens of Southern California postal workers

    Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:13:37 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Southern California have charged dozens of postal workers and others with theft, fraud and other crimes — including a mail carrier who allegedly hoarded 48,000 pieces of mail.

  • The Latest: Family of slain girl thankful for prayers

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:55:20 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the gruesome killing of a 10-year-old girl from Albuquerque, New Mexico (all times local):

  • Tennessee man charged in shooting death of police officer

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:43:37 GMT

    MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An eastern Tennessee man arrested after a shootout with police that left one officer dead was charged Friday with criminal homicide, which could make him eligible for the death penalty if he is convicted.

  • Chicago woman fatally shot pushing baby stroller

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:28:35 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a woman pushing a baby in a stroller was fatally shot on the city's South Side.

  • Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress charged with DWI in Dallas

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:07:57 GMT

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress, twice suspended in the minor leagues for violating drug rules, was away from the team Friday following his overnight arrest in Dallas on a drunken driving charge.

  • Bolivian president, opposition spar over official's killing

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:43:35 GMT

    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — President Evo Morales and his political opponents traded recriminations Friday over the shocking beating death of a high-ranking government official by protesting miners who had blockaded a highway.

  • Breach in fishing license system exposes data in Northwest

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:43:12 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A breach in a vendor's system that processes online sales of hunting and fishing licenses in Idaho, Oregon and Washington state exposed several million records containing buyers' personal information, officials said Friday.

  • The Latest: Archbishop urges prayers for New Mexico girl

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:38:23 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the gruesome killing of a 10-year-old girl from Albuquerque, New Mexico (all times local):

  • Sharper files notice of appeal in federal rape case

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:37:20 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NFL star Darren Sharper filed a federal court notice Friday that he now plans to appeal his conviction and nearly two-decade sentence in a drug and sexual assault case — a case in which he pleaded guilty.

  • The Latest: Man charged with homicide in police shooting

    Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:34:40 GMT

    MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Tennessee police officer (all times local):