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Homeowners generally have the right to defend themselves and their property in their own home. Specifically, the so-called "castle doctrine" says that a homeowner does not have a duty to retreat if they are in their home, though state laws may limit the amount of force allowed and require that an intruder be in the house to permit that force.

Neither of these legal principles, however, apply to firing a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun at a teenager who knocked on your door for directions to school. So learned Jeffrey Zeigler, who was convicted of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony following an April shooting at his home.

A jury found former Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder for the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke, who is white, shot McDonald, who was black, 16 times and was also convicted on 16 counts of aggravated battery.

Based on initial police reports of the incident, supervisors ruled the shooting was a justifiable homicide and within the bounds of the department's use of force guidelines. However, cash cam video contradicted those reports, and Van Dyke was initially charged with six counts of first degree murder along with the aggravated battery counts. It was the first time in over three decades that a Chicago police officer had been charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty fatality, and marks one of the first criminal convictions for an officer involved shooting death.

California's CAMP Program Cracks Down on Illegal Marijuana Grows

CAMP'ing in the National Forest is not your typical family weekend. To crack down on Mexican drug cartels' illegal marijuana grows on federal and state land, California created CAMP, or Campaign Against Marijuana Planting.

CAMP just wrapped up a 12 week sting operation that blanketed Northern, Central, and Southern California. The string operation uncovered over 250 illegal grow sites, many in national parks and on state land using public water, which resulted in 52 arrests, the seizure of 614,267 cannabis plants and 110 weapons, according to state officials.

In 2012, a then-15-year-old Jane Doe was "friended" on Facebook by a user who appeared to know several of her friends in real life. The man messaged her through Facebook, and offered to console her after an argument with her mother. But that user's online identity turned out to be false, and after picking up Jane Doe in his car, he beat her, raped her, and posted illicit photos taken during the incident to

The woman is now suing Facebook, claiming the site failed to properly vet the assailant's identity or adequately warn her that sex traffickers were operating on the social media network.

Jose Raman Greer dialed 911 from his third-floor balcony while three men tried to kick in the door of his Atlanta apartment in December 2015. Fearing for his life, Greer jumped from the balcony, suffered multiple fractures, and later died during surgery at a local hospital.

Two of those involved in the home invasion, Mark Spencer and Lil' Che Stafford, were convicted of felony murder this week and sentenced to life in prison. Here's a look at the incident and the charge:

17 Charged in Apple Store Crime Spree in California

Over the last few months, over $1 million in Apple products have been stolen from various Apple stores, from San Diego to Butte County. Though the band of thieves took a bite out of Apple, it appears the police have taken a bite out of crime, thanks to Alameda and San Luis Obispo police departments and the California Department of Justice eCrime unit.

To date, 17 people have been charged in the spree. Police arrested seven adults this week and booked them in Alameda County Jail. An eighth was already in custody in Sonoma County. Arrest warrants have been issued for the other nine suspects.

Cody Wilson, founder and CEO of 3D printed gun designer Defense Distributed, has been charged with felony sexual assault of a minor after allegedly paying a 16-year-old for sex in an Austin hotel. According to reports, Wilson, an outspoken gun rights advocate, was traveling in Taiwan and may have been tipped off to the charges, as he apparently skipped a scheduled return flight to the U.S. and remains at large.

Here's a look at the allegations and criminal complaint.

As often happens as storms approach and residents and business owners evacuate, the signs get posted: "Looters Will Be Shot." Most people just chuckle, a few people get worried about armed vigilantes, and a few others think, "they'll get what they deserve." And while the First Amendment may protect your right to free speech (be careful -- threatening to kill someone can get you into trouble), do you actually have the legal right to shoot someone for looting?

Here's a look:

Joshua Tree Arsonist Gets 5 Years in Prison

As the old saying goes, burn me once, shame on you. Burn me twice, shame on me. So, what happens the third time? You get the book thrown at you.

What this means for the Joshua Tree arsonist: five years in prison.

Off-Duty Police Officer Mistakenly Enters Wrong Apartment, Fatally Shoots Occupant

In a horrific turn of events, a 30-year-old white female Dallas police officer, Amber Guyger, fatally shot a 26-year-old black man, Bothan Shem Jean, in his apartment after mistaking it for her own apartment. The incident happened late in the evening of September 6, 2018. On September 9th, the Rangers arrested Guyger and charged her with manslaughter. She is currently out on $300,000 bail.