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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.

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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

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

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‘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

Shashi Tharoor
Shashi Tharoor Testifies in Probe into Wife's Death

By Reuters

Union minister Shashi Tharoor appeared on Sunday before a magistrate probing the death of his wife days after she accused him of adultery. (Jan 20)

MORE TOPICS: TWITTER, PAKISTAN, CONGRESS

Delhi Gang Rape: What Changed in 1 Year? Crimes Against Women Rise [VIDEO]

By IBTimes IN

While Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde swore on Monday to utilise the ₹1,000 crore Nirbhaya fund for women's safety, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said Delhi had not changed a bit since the gruesome gang-rape and subsequent death of a young woman last year. (Dec 16)

MORE TOPICS: JUDICIARY, CONGRESS

Brunei Sultanate Toughens Sharia Law, Now Includes Flogging and Stoning to Death

By IBTimes AU

Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, has sought to toughen the existing Sharia law penal code in the country. Effective April 2014, offenders of the revised law, such as adulterers face death by stoning, amputation of limbs for theft, as we... (Oct 24)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, HUMAN RIGHTS, RELIGION, ABORTION