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There had already been 31 children killed in hot cars in the United States this year, four in Florida alone. So you would think that day care workers, who are explicitly responsible for the safety of children in their care, would be especially careful about transporting children.

But one day care driver in the Orlando area allegedly didn't count the children entering or exiting the van they were driving, making three-year-old Miles Hill the fifth Florida child to die of heat exposure in a vehicle. And local police say criminal charges may be filed.

Martin Shkreli, the infamous 'pharma bro' is in the news again, but thankfully this time it is not due to him intentionally trying to become more hated. Instead, Shkreli has just been convicted on federal fraud charges related to his business dealings.

His conviction should not come as a surprise, given that his lack of judgment is what propelled him to fame through infamy. However, with the current news-cycle being as short as it is these days with all the political turmoil, this news of Shkreli's conviction seemed to come out of nowhere.

Criminal investigations often have several distinct stages, starting from the report or discovery of a crime and ending with an acquittal or conviction. And for federal criminal investigations, a key stage in the process is the grand jury and indictment.

Designed as a check on the government's prosecutorial power, many have criticized grand juries for "rubber stamping" whatever charges a prosecutor submits, hence the saying that a grand jury would "indict a ham sandwich" if you wanted them to. So how does a grand jury get the information and evidence that supports an indictment? A grand jury subpoena.

Eight people were found dead in the back of a tractor trailer parked at a San Antonio Walmart last weekend, and two more died after being hospitalized. Now the driver of the truck is being charged with illegally transporting immigrants, a crime that, due to the fatalities involved, could earn him a life sentence or even the death penalty.

Almost 40 other passengers had to be treated for heat-related illnesses or injury at local hospitals after approximately 12 hours in the un-air conditioned, unventilated trailer.

After the fatal shooting of Quintec Locke by a Chicago police officer on July 1, his sister, Tamara Locke, filed a lawsuit to find out what went wrong. The complaint alleges that officers failed to follow proper procedure, and that the fatal shooting of Quintec was unnecessary.

While there has not been an official response to the lawsuit yet, police did report that a handgun and an assault rifle were recovered from the scene. Whether those belonged to Quintec, and whether the victim ever fired the weapon at all is currently unknown.

A Massachusetts judge found 18-year-old Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her friend, Conrad Roy III. Roy committed suicide in July 14, in part, as the court ruled, because of Carter's text messages encouraging him to kill himself.

The verdict stunned some legal experts and the case raised some thorny issues regarding criminal liability for suicide, free speech, and technology.

Maybe it's because they get great gas mileage. Maybe it's because they're easier to access. Or maybe it's just because they look cool and thieves just want to feel the wind in their face.

For whatever reason, motorcycle thefts rose in 2016, up 2 percent over 2015. And while some of the numbers from the National Insurance Crime Bureau's latest report on motorcycle crime has some predictable numbers, like California leading the country in bike thefts, it also has some unexpected stats as well. Here's a look.

Reality Leigh Winner, a Georgia-based government contractor, was arrested on Monday and charged with "removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet." Winner is believed to be the source of a document leaked to the Intercept which purported to demonstrate the Russian government's efforts to hack the 2016 presidential election.

Winner has been charged under the Espionage Act for transmitting NSA intelligence to the press, the first criminal leak prosecution under President Donald Trump.

The fire at the Ghost Ship artist collective in Oakland, California during a dance party last December killed 36 individuals. While the families of victims have filed a civil lawsuit for wrongful death against the building owner, the collective's management, party promoter, and even the city, until this week no criminal charges had been filed.

That changed yesterday when the manager of the collective, Derick Alamena, along with his assistant, Max Harris, were arrested. Both will be charged on 36 counts each of involuntary manslaughter as a result of the fire last year. Although authorities did not indicate whether the owner of the warehouse would also be facing criminal charges, the investigation has concluded.

It is generally understood that journalists and reporters are protected under the First Amendment. Unfortunately, the First Amendment does little to criminalize an attack or assault on members of the press. Generally, when members of the media are attacked, only the typical criminal assault charges will be brought.

A recent example of an attack on the press that has made national headlines involved Republican political candidate Greg Gianforte "body slamming" a reporter. This attack has resulted in paltry misdemeanor assault charges against the candidate. It has also caused an uproar surrounding the lack of stronger criminal protections for journalists and reporters.