Contemporary Criminal Law: Concepts, Cases, and Controversies / Edition 2

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Contemporary Criminal Law: Concepts, Cases, and Controversies, Third Edition, combines the traditional concepts taught in undergraduate criminal law courses with thought-provoking cases and engaging learning tools. This popular text covers both foundational and emerging legal topics, such as terrorism, gangs, cybercrime, and hate crimes, in a student-friendly and approachable manner. Clear explanations of criminal law and defenses are complemented by provocative, well-edited cases as well as discussion questions to stimulate critical thinking and in-class discussion.
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Editorial Reviews

Jane Younglove

"The text is the best Criminal Law text I have seen. Actually, it is the best text in any subject I have seen. It should serve as a model for textbook writing in all subjects taught at undergraduate institutions.

It is very well written, organized and researched. It is comprehensive without being wooden. There is a lot of variety of material so it remains interesting throughout the course. The companion resources are particularly helpful both for instructors and students."

Philip M. Stinson
"It is by far the best text/casebook on the market geared to undergraduate students in a criminal law class. It is also the best bargain, and priced at least $50 less than other criminal law texts designed for undergraduate instruction. The cases are anything but boring; Professor Lippman has done a brilliant job in selecting cases that bring the material to life with real-world situations."
Jennifer K. Wesely
"I feel the Lippman Contemporary Criminal Law text fills a unique niche among similar books in that it seems the most cutting-edge and current. It also lives up to its subtitle by bringing in the most controversial issues in the discipline. The cases are interesting and useful."
Don Liddick
"The major strengths of the text include a clear writing style, the inclusion of comprehension tools such as chapter summaries and “legal equations,” and most especially, the broad range of interesting and provocative cases."
Russell Loving
"This the best textbook for my teaching style because of its balanced use of text and cases. I intend to continue to use Lippman."
Lisa Clayton
“Greatest strengths for this book in no particular order: (1) the author selected very interesting and timely cases that college students would find to be compelling examples of the chapter concepts; (2) instructor & student online resources available through the Sage website; (3) this book well lives up to its title of focusing on the most recent (contemporary) and controversial aspects of substantive criminal law! “
Frank A. Zera
“This book contains the right balance of informative text and illustrative case law. The Questions for Discussion and You Decide segments are very helpful for teachers and students.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412972543
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 656

Meet the Author

Matthew Lippman has taught criminal law and criminal procedure in the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for more than twenty-five years. He has also taught courses on civil liberties, law and society, and terrorism and teaches international criminal law at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He earned a doctorate in Political Science from Northwestern University, a Master of Law from Harvard Law School, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He has been voted by the graduating seniors at UIC to receive the Silver Circle Award for outstanding teaching on six separate occasions and has also received the UIC Flame Award from the University of Illinois Alumni Association, as well as the Excellence in Teaching Award, Teaching Recognition (Portfolio) Award, and Honors College Fellow of the Year Award. The university chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice honors society, named him “criminal justice professor of the year” on three occasions. In 2008, he was recognized as College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Master Teacher. He was honored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which named him Commencement Marshal at the May 2012 graduation. Professor Lippman is author of one hundred articles and author or co-author of six books. These publications focus on criminal law and criminal procedure, international human rights, and comparative law. He also is author of three other Sage volumes, Contemporary Criminal Law Concepts, Cases, and Controversies, Criminal Procedure, Essential Criminal Law, and Law and Society. His work is cited in hundreds of academic publications and by domestic and international courts and organizations. He has also served on legal teams appearing before the International Court of Justice in the Hague, has testified as an expert witness on international law before numerous state and federal courts, and has consulted with both private organizations and branches of the U.S. government. Professor Lippman regularly appears as a radio and television commentator and is frequently quoted in leading newspapers. He has served in every major administrative position in the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice including Department Head and Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Graduate Studies.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Nature, Purpose, and Function of Criminal Law
Appendix: Reading and Briefing Cases
Chapter 2. Constitutional Limitations
Chapter 3. Punishment and Sentencing
Chapter 4. Actus Reus
Chapter 5. Mens Rea, Concurrence, Causation
Chapter 6. Parties to Crime and Vicarious Liability
Chapter 7. Attempt, Conspiracy, and Solicitation
Chapter 8. Justifications
Chapter 9. Excuses
Chapter 10. Homicide
Chapter 11. Criminal Sexual Conduct, Assault and Battery, Kidnapping, and False Imprisonment
Chapter 12. Burglary, Trespass, Arson, and Mischief
Chapter 13. Crimes Against Property
Chapter 14. White-Collar Crime
Chapter 15. Crimes Against Public Order and Morality
Chapter 16. Crimes Against the State
Case Index
Subject Index
About the Author
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