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

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Contemporary Criminal Law, Second Edition combines the traditional concepts and cases found in undergraduate texts with unique learning tools, resulting in an engaging, modern text that has enjoyed success with students and instructors nationwide. The text covers both traditional and cutting-edge topics, such as terrorism, computer crimes, and hate crimes, in a student-friendly way. Clear explanations of criminal law and defenses are complemented by provocative, well-edited cases followed by discussion questions to stimulate critical thinking and in-class discussion.

The Second Edition includes a number of new cases to illuminate important concepts such as the insanity defense and terrorism, many new learning features, and updates throughout, highlighting the most recent developments in criminal law. A more concise focus on domestic criminal law also characterizes this new edition. Best of all, this new edition continues to be significantly more affordable than most other texts for this course.

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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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412981293
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 639
  • Sales rank: 845,439
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Lippman has taught criminal law and criminal procedure in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) for more than twenty 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, Professor Lippman was named College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Master Teacher. He is also recognized in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and in May 2012 he was honored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which named him Commencement Marshal. Professor Lippman is author of more than 100 articles and 3 books. These publications focus on criminal law and criminal procedure, international human rights, and comparative law. Professor Lippman is the author of Contemporary Criminal Law: Concepts, Cases, and Controversies, Third Edition (SAGE, ©2013) His work is cited in hundreds of academic publications and by international courts and organizations. He has also served on legal teams appearing before the International Court of Justice in the Hague, U.S. district and appellate courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Lippman also 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. He has appeared as a radio and television commentator and has been frequently quoted in leading newspapers. He has served in every major administrative position in the Criminal Justice Department, including Department Head.
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Table of Contents

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