Criminal Law News

As long as there are laws, there will be people who break them. Sometimes, even the most mundane criminal acts can lead to profound legal questions that can have consequences far beyond the limits of the case that initially posed them. FindLaw's Legal Professional News is the leading source of news and information regarding criminal law, with breaking news stories, analysis from attorneys, and an array of multimedia resources.

Top Headlines

  • Police: 2 anti-violence organizers beat ex-roomie

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:27:16 GMT

    WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Two western Pennsylvania community organizers with a local Stop the Violence group have been charged with severely beating a former roommate with whom they had a property dispute.

  • Prosecutor: Grand jury tweet in Brown case hacked

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:24:22 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A tweet earlier this month suggesting insider information on the grand jury investigating the Ferguson police officer who shot Michael Brown was the result of someone hacking a woman's Twitter account, St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said Thursday.

  • Funerals set for Washington school shooter, victim

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:11:36 GMT

    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Memorial services have been set for the 15-year-old gunman and a victim of the school shooting in Washington state.

  • Inmate ordered freed in landmark Illinois case

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:50:06 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — A prisoner whose confession helped free a death row inmate in a case that was instrumental in the campaign to end capital punishment in Illinois was set to be released after he recanted and a judge vacated his conviction on Thursday.

  • Police: Suspected NC court gunman turns himself in

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:34:53 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Police say the suspected gunman in a North Carolina courthouse shooting has turned himself in.

  • Israeli police kill suspected Palestinian shooter

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:14:37 GMT

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities closed off all access to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site Thursday, after police killed a Palestinian man suspected of trying to assassinate a hard-line Jewish activist well known for his efforts to promote increased Jewish access to the site.

  • Judge won't toss most charges in homeless killings

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:02:51 GMT

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has refused to throw out most of the charges against three New Mexico teenagers accused of beating two homeless men to death with cinderblocks and other objects.

  • Gunfire, arrests erupt as Giants fans revel in win

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:48:12 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The celebration in San Francisco's streets over the Giants' World Series victory turned raucous and violent, with two people injured by gunfire and a third stabbed. Police got pelted with bottles as they tried to disperse crowds.

  • Delaware politician's spouse nabbed in sign theft

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:44:00 GMT

    MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) — The husband of a Delaware state senator was arrested after he was caught on video taking down political signs erected by Republicans, authorities said Thursday.

  • Group says militants killed 600 Iraqi prisoners

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:38:30 GMT

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants from the Islamic State carried out a mass killing of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates when they seized the country's second-largest city of Mosul in June, an international rights group said on Thursday.

  • Suspect jailed, 2nd man sought in NC shooting

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:34:20 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — One suspect has been arrested and another is being sought on an assault charges in the shooting at a North Carolina courthouse that wounded two men.

  • Lewan makes plea deal in Michigan assault case

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:10:25 GMT

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Tennessee Titans rookie Taylor Lewan pleaded guilty Thursday to being drunk and disorderly in a plea deal that will put him on probation for a confrontation involving an Ohio State fan.

  • Suspect jailed in NC courthouse shooting

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:55:49 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A suspect has been taken into custody in the shooting at a North Carolina courthouse that wounded two men.

  • Company: German man kidnapped in Nigeria is free

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:08:26 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — The company that employed a German man kidnapped in Nigeria last week says he has been freed.

  • Amid murder case, Philippines says US pact stays

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:54:26 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A security pact that allows thousands of American troops to join large-scale combat exercises in the Philippines is "imperfect" but Manila is unlikely to amend it, the country's top diplomat said Thursday.

  • German 'Autobahn sniper' sentenced to 10 ½ years

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:58:29 GMT

    BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany has sentenced a trucker to 10 ½ years in prison for shooting at fellow drivers more than 700 times over a five-year period.

  • South Korea soldiers convicted in hazing death

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:15:30 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean military court sentenced six soldiers to up to 45 years in prison on Thursday for bullying and beating a subordinate who died, the Defense Ministry said.

  • Iran foils sabotage attempt on heavy water tanks

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:28:44 GMT

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have foiled a sabotage attempt involving tanks used for the transportation of heavy water, a key component in nuclear reactors, an Iranian newspaper reported on Thursday.

  • Marine recharged in Iraq war case back in court

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:49:02 GMT

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Defense lawyers say the Marine Corps should not be retrying a Marine sergeant whose murder conviction in a major Iraq war crime case was overturned by the military's highest court after he served half of his 11-year sentence.

  • Elaborate FBI repairman ruse shown in videos

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:24:33 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wearing a lapel camera and posing as an Internet repairman, an undercover government agent walked into a luxury villa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and recorded everything he saw as part of a major international gambling bust.

  • Elaborate FBI repairmen ruse shown in videos

    Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:17:07 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An undercover government agent wearing a lapel camera and posing as an Internet repairman recorded everything he saw as part of an international gambling bust in a luxury villa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in July.