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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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  • Jury pool narrowed to 750 in church shooting trial

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:14:04 GMT

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The jury pool has been narrowed to just under 750 people in the federal trial of Dylann Roof, who stands charged in the shooting deaths of nine churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina.

  • VW chief: Working on settlement with US for emissions fraud

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:12:29 GMT

    PARIS (AP) — Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller says the company is cooperating with U.S. authorities and hopes to reach a settlement on a fine with the Justice Department for equipping diesel vehicles to cheat on emissions tests.

  • Image of 1992 slaying suspect is generated from his DNA

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:08:14 GMT

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A prosecutor on Wednesday released composite images of a suspect in the unsolved slaying of a middle school aide nearly a quarter century ago, a rendering that uses genetics to predict someone's appearance.

  • Rape conviction overturned, but board says no to exoneration

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:03:07 GMT

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — DNA testing helped overturn a man's conviction for rape after he spent decades in prison, but a Tennessee parole board said that evidence isn't strong enough for the governor to formally exonerate him and make him eligible for state compensation.

  • Images of suspect in 1992 Massachusetts slaying released

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:00:55 GMT

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A prosecutor on Wednesday released composite images of a suspect in the unsolved slaying of a middle school aide nearly a quarter century ago, a rendering that uses genetics to predict someone's appearance.

  • AP: Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:00:35 GMT

    DENVER (AP) — Police officers across the country misuse confidential law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons that have nothing to do with daily police work, an Associated Press investigation has found.

  • Air rage incidents reported by airlines on the rise

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:59:40 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Incidents of unruly passengers on planes are increasing, and more effective deterrents are needed to tackle the problem, a global airline trade group said Wednesday.

  • US extradites Rwandan academic to face genocide charges

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:51:42 GMT

    KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — A Rwandan academic who is accused of participating in the 1994 genocide arrived in the country on Wednesday following his extradition from the United States.

  • The Latest: Cops say man rescued at sea had violent episodes

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:45:02 GMT

    BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the mystery surrounding a man who was rescued at sea after floating for a week on a life raft (all times local):

  • Black man shot dead by police near San Diego, probe underway

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:36:29 GMT

    EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — A black man reportedly acting erratically at a strip mall in suburban San Diego was shot and killed by police after pulling an object from his pocket, pointing it at officers and assuming a "shooting stance," authorities said.

  • Anheuser-Busch pays $6M to settle India bribery accusations

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:31:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Anheuser-Busch InBev will pay $6 million to settle charges by U.S. regulators that it paid off government officials in India to boost sales and production, then tried to quiet an employee who raised the issue.

  • Police issue warrant in U of Illinois shooting

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:29:38 GMT

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — An arrest warrant for a first-degree murder charge has been issued for an 18-year-old Champaign man in the deadly shooting at a party near the University of Illinois campus, police said Wednesday.

  • Tipster, coincidence led to arrest in deadly NY bank robbery

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:28:07 GMT

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Investigators say a tipster pointed them to the man charged this week in a 13-year-old fatal bank robbery, but the suspect coincidentally came to them on his own on an unrelated matter. And authorities say they used that complaint as a way of surreptitiously collecting his DNA.

  • FBI director again defends integrity of Clinton email probe

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:16:45 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican lawmakers may question the decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for using a private email server as secretary of state, but they should not question the investigation's thoroughness, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday.

  • Man sues police, Taser over stun gun-induced heart attack

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:34:41 GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man is suing an imprisoned police officer convicted of violating his civil rights two years ago, when the officer repeatedly shot him with a stun gun during a traffic stop and gave him a heart attack that he says nearly killed him.

  • A look at police abuse of confidential databases nationwide

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:17:22 GMT

    An Associated Press investigation found police officers across the country abuse sensitive law enforcement databases to get information on romantic partners, business associates, neighbors, journalists and others for reasons totally unrelated to police work. In the worst cases, officers have stalked, harassed and tampered with or sold information they obtained through criminal history and motor vehicle databases. Those resources give officers vital information about people they encounter on the job, but they can also be misused.

  • Castile shooting investigation goes to Minnesota prosecutors

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:09:09 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota authorities have given prosecutors the results of their investigation into the fatal police shooting of a black man who was killed during a traffic stop.

  • Pro-Assad Syrian pleads guilty in US to role in hacking

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:02:27 GMT

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Syrian national pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges for his role in a scheme that hacked computers and targeted perceived enemies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 3 arrested in southwest Kentucky prostitution investigation

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:01:34 GMT

    Authorities say a police officer has been arrested as part of an investigation into an alleged prostitution ring in southwestern Kentucky.

  • Police: Cash, apparent drugs found in suspect's home

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:06:44 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A search warrant shows investigators found a bag containing a white powder that appeared to be drugs and more than $1,700 in cash in the Raleigh home of a man killed in a shootout last month with police.

  • Police: Former Florida bank employee stole nearly $700,000

    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:58:29 GMT

    OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a former bank employee is accused of stealing almost $700,000 from her aunt and customers.