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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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  • IS assault on Iraq's Kirkuk ends after 24-hour battle

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 06:12:18 GMT

    KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi police say a massive Islamic State assault on targets in and around the northern city of Kirkuk has come to an end after a day and night of heavy clashes.

  • Clinton campaign receives envelope with suspicious powder

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:50:18 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police in New York say they're investigating an envelope containing a white powdery substance that was sent to Hillary Clinton's campaign, forcing an office to be evacuated.

  • No discipline for Minneapolis cops in Jamar Clark slaying

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:04:35 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two Minneapolis police officers followed proper procedure in a confrontation that led to the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark in November, and won't face discipline, the city's police chief announced.

  • Today in History

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:01:17 GMT

    Today in History

  • Police arrest 35 suspected members of a Long Island gang

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 03:58:35 GMT

    BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — Thirty-five suspected members of a Long Island gang have been arrested amid a string of brutal killings, including the discovery of a teenager's skeletal remains.

  • Christie aide on trial says she told him of traffic study

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 02:54:47 GMT

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie approved of a traffic study on the George Washington Bridge, his former deputy chief of staff testified Friday in her criminal trial, but federal prosecutors say it was actually a cover story for a political payback scheme designed to cause traffic jams.

  • University hires monitor for police reform after fatal stop

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:42:58 GMT

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The University of Cincinnati has hired an outside monitor to oversee reform of its police department after the fatal 2015 shooting of an unarmed black motorist by one of its police officers.

  • Montana judge sparks outrage with no prison time for incest

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:30:12 GMT

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge's decision not to order prison time for a Montana man who raped his 12-year-old daughter has sparked outrage from afar and calls closer to home to toughen the state's law, which allows such lenience in certain circumstances.

  • Police arrest 35 suspected members of Long Island gang

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:23:39 GMT

    BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — Police have arrested 35 suspected members of a Long Island gang days after the skeletal remains of a young man were discovered.

  • Wisconsin officer facing felony charge from March shooting

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:52:25 GMT

    BROWN DEER, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin police officer faces a felony charge for allegedly shooting and injuring an unarmed man in March after removing him from a bus, according to a criminal complaint issued Friday.

  • UC Berkeley Greek parties banned amid sexual assault reports

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:24:05 GMT

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Fraternities and sororities at the University of California, Berkeley have taken a bold stance against sexual violence, voluntarily banning all parties following reports of two sexual assaults last week at off-campus frat functions.

  • Mississippi woman appeals dismissal of suit over jail stay

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:19:48 GMT

    A Mississippi woman is appealing a federal judge's decision that being jailed for 96 days without seeing a judge didn't violate her constitutional rights.

  • Russian indicted on charges he hacked LinkedIn

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:10:34 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Russian man has been charged with hacking and stealing information from computers at LinkedIn and other San Francisco Bay Area companies, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

  • Defense: Men accused in Kansas plot prepared for 'upheaval'

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:52:25 GMT

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Three men accused of plotting to bomb Somali immigrants in western Kansas were only preparing to defend themselves in the event of "massive social upheaval" as they accumulated firearms and ammunition, a defense attorney said Friday.

  • Ex-NSA worker accused of stealing secrets to stay in custody

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:45:26 GMT

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A former National Security Agency contractor accused in a massive theft of classified information will remain in custody as prosecutors continue building a criminal case against him, a federal judge ruled Friday.

  • Kansas court upholds death sentence in 1996 slaying

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:32:50 GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas' highest court on Friday upheld the death sentence of a man convicted of killing a college student 20 years ago.

  • Police mistake doughnut glaze for meth, man sues over arrest

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:31:31 GMT

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man arrested last year after police mistook doughnut glaze in his car for meth is suing the city of Orlando and a drug-testing kit company.

  • Man in homeless killings case deemed mentally incompetent

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:21:59 GMT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego judge Friday deemed a man charged with carrying out a string of deadly attacks on sleeping homeless men last summer to be mentally incompetent to stand trial.

  • California politician shows little remorse, gets prison time

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:18:00 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former state Sen. Ron Calderon was sentenced Friday to 3½ years in federal prison after showing little remorse for a corruption scandal that tarnished his family's Southern California political dynasty.

  • Feds not dropping fraud case against Texas attorney general

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:06:48 GMT

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Investor fraud accusations against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton are back in federal court, at least for now, after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday refiled a civil lawsuit against the Republican that a judge previously dismissed.

  • The Latest: Rolling Stone trial to resume on Saturday

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:39:06 GMT

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the defamation trial against Rolling Stone magazine over its since-retracted story about a woman's gang rape at the University of Virginia (all times local):