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Criminal Law

Criminal law, or penal law, is the bodies of rules with the potential for severe impositions as punishment for failure to comply. Criminal punishment, depending on the offense and jurisdiction, may include execution, loss of liberty, government supervision (parole or probation), or fines. There are some archetypal crimes, like murder, but the acts that are forbidden are not wholly consistent between different criminal codes, and even within a particular code lines may be blurred as civil infractions may give rise also to criminal consequences. Criminal law typically is enforced by the government, unlike the civil law, which may be enforced by private parties.

Headlines Around the Web

U.K. wants jail terms for reckless bankers

Jun 19, 2013 - MarketWatch

Florida lawyer vows to bring a second Civil War

Apr 27, 2013 - Financial Post

Articles About Criminal Law

Cast member Viola Davis speaks at a panel for the ABC television series "How to Get Away with Murder"
‘How to Get Away With Murder’ TV Show Premiere – The Competition Begins

By IBTimes AU

“How to Get Away With Murder” is a new legal thriller on ABC. The protagonist of the show is Viola Davis. (Sep 25)

MORE TOPICS: LAWYER, LAW SCHOOL

Australian flags fly at half-mast atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge as a sign of respect for those killed in the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash
MH17 Becomes A Murder Case w/ Many Victims; Bishop’s Phone Compromised in Crash Site Negotiations

By IBTimes AU

Downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 biggest murder case; Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's phone hacked while she was negotiating access to MH17 crash site. (Aug 18)

MORE TOPICS: COURT, AUSTRALIA, UKRAINE, TONY ABBOTT

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart speaks with crew members during practice for the Daytona 500 qualifying at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, in this file photo taken February 16, 2013. Stewart canceled plans to compete
NASCAR Champ Tony Stewart Could Still Face Criminal Charges

By IBTimes AU

After Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero released a statement to the media that the initial findings indicated that there was no criminal intent can be substantiated from the crash at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park, some experts with legal backgr... (Aug 13)

MORE TOPICS: NEW YORK, MICHIGAN

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators display signs outside of New York City hall, where a pro-Israel rally organised by local Jewish communities is taking place, in New York
Canada Takes Stand for Israel Again, U.S.A Maintains ‘Double Standards’

By IBTimes AU

Canada has strongly criticised Hamas for refusing to accept Israel’s ceasefire, as proposed by Egypt. (Jul 16)

MORE TOPICS: BARACK OBAMA, ISRAEL, WHITE HOUSE, EGYPT, LONDON

How to Get Away with Murder: The Show that is Taking Scandal’s Time Slot

By IBTimes AU

ABC's new legal drama series "How to Get Away with Murder" is Shonda Rhimes' new show for the broadcast channel. This new show will be taking the time slot of "Scandal" on Thursdays. "Scandal" is scheduled to air an hour before its original time on Thursdays. (Jun 30)

MORE TOPICS: HOLLYWOOD

China to Outlaw Eating of Protected Animal Species
China to Outlaw Eating of Protected Animal Species

By Reuters

China will jail people who eat rare animals for 10 years or more under a new interpretation of the criminal law, state media reported, as the government seeks to close a legal loophole and better protect the natural environment. (Apr 25)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA

China's Turbulent Xinjiang Weighs Anti-terror Laws for the First Time
China's Turbulent Xinjiang Weighs Anti-terror Laws for the First Time

By Reuters

China's restive far western region of Xinjiang is considering drafting anti-terror laws for the first time, following a string of deadly incidents, a state-run newspaper said on Friday. (Feb 28)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, RELIGION, KYRGYZSTAN

George Clooney/REUTERS
‘The Monuments Men’ Star George Clooney is Dating the Hottest Lawyer in the U.K: Check out who she is!

By IBTimes AU

Hollywood's most eligible bachelor, George Clooney, was seen arm in arm with a very hot brunette during the screening of his World War II movie, "The Monument's Men". (Feb 27)

MORE TOPICS: HUMAN RIGHTS, UNITED NATIONS, WHITE HOUSE, INTERNATIONAL LAW, LAWYER, WIKILEAKS

Tarun Tejpal, the 50-year-old founder and editor-in-chief of India's leading investigative magazine Tehelka, speaks with the media upon his arrival at the airport on his way to Goa, in New Delhi More...
Tehelka Case: CCTV Footage, Confession Emails Pin Tarun Tejpal Down; Goa Police Charge Him with Rape

By IBTimes IN

Tehelka's founder-editor Tarun Tejpal was on Monday charged by Goa police with rape, sexual harassment and outraging modesty of a woman journalist, after his email confessions, letter from the victim and CCTV footages were taken into account as evidences by investigators. (Feb 18)

MORE TOPICS: COURT

PM Abbott Cooks Inquiry to Labor’s Dark Past

By IBTimes AU

Pm Abbott is cooking a royal commission into the alleged protection of the Labor Party to corrupt officials (Feb 10)

MORE TOPICS: COURT, JULIA GILLARD, TONY ABBOTT, ATTORNEY GENERAL