April 14, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday sentenced a former Blackwater security contractor to life in prison and three others to 30 years for the killing of unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007. Nicholas Slatten, a former Army sniper, was found guilty of murder for ...[read more]
November 11, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The People's Court of Kashgar in China's western region of Xinjiang sentenced 22 people to prison terms for illegal religious activities and other crimes. The Xinhua News Agency stated it is the latest sign of unease over Muslim extremism in the region. Prison sentences ranged from five to 16 ...[read more]
June 25, 2014
by Ann Schober
China's highest Court on Tuesday overturned the death sentence of a woman convicted of killing her abusive husband in 2010. The Supreme People's Court (SPC) remanded the case of 43-year-old Li Yan to a high court in China's Sichuan province, finding that her first trial lacked sufficient evidence ...[read more]
June 6, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The 16th Control Judge of Caracas, Adriana Lopez, on Thursday ordered Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to remain in jail until trial on charges of instigating violence, damaging property and arson committed during a political rally on February 12. Lopez is the leader of the Popular Will ...[read more]
February 19, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The FBI on Tuesday released preliminary crime statistics indicating declines in reported violent crimes and property crimes in the US. The statistics are based upon data collected during the first six months of 2013 submitted by nearly 13,000 federal and state law enforcement agencies around the ...[read more]
February 15, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday called on all parties involved in the violent protests in Venezuela to open dialogue to resolve the situation after three were killed in demonstrations on Wednesday. Protests against current President ...[read more]
February 27, 2013
by David Mulock
JURIST Guest Columnist Don Kates of The Independent Institute says that empirical evidence has shown that gun bans are not only ineffective at reducing violent crime, but may even be counterproductive...In 2004, the National Academy of Sciences reviewed 253 journal articles, 99 books, 43 ...[read more]
November 7, 2012
by Julia Zebley
California voters passed Proposition 36 on Tuesday, modifying the state's "three strikes" law to apply a mandatory life sentence only if the third strike is a serious or violent crime. Before the referendum, the three strikes law would mandate a life sentence for a third conviction after two ...[read more]
October 29, 2012
by Michael Haggerson
The FBI released its annual report on violent and property crime, Crime in the United States 2011, on Monday, which found that the number of violent crimes reported to law enforcement decreased for the fifth consecutive year and the number of property crimes reported decreased for the ninth ...[read more]
October 17, 2012
by Kyle Webster
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday that both violent crime and property crime rates increased from 2010 to 2011. This is the first time the DOJ has reported an increase in crime rates since 1993. Overall violent crime, which the DOJ defines as rape or sexual assault, robbery, ...[read more]

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