Criminal Courts: A Contemporary Perspective / Edition 2

Criminal Courts: A Contemporary Perspective / Edition 2

by Craig T. Hemmens, David C. Brody, Cassia C. Spohn
     
 

ISBN-10: 1452257221

ISBN-13: 9781452257228

Pub. Date: 12/18/2012

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Written by three nationally recognized experts in the field, Criminal Courts: A Contemporary Perspective explores all conventional topics (court structure, courtroom actors, and the trial and appeals process) as well as others seldom covered, such as specialty courts and the goals and functions of the law. Authors Craig Hemmens, David C. Brody, and Cassia Spohn

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Written by three nationally recognized experts in the field, Criminal Courts: A Contemporary Perspective explores all conventional topics (court structure, courtroom actors, and the trial and appeals process) as well as others seldom covered, such as specialty courts and the goals and functions of the law. Authors Craig Hemmens, David C. Brody, and Cassia Spohn take a comprehensive and accessible approach which allows instructors to cover all of the “standard” material and the option to add selections they consider interesting and relevant to their particular course. This text will provide students with an understanding of the foundational concepts and enable them to hold a detailed discussion about the criminal courts system and the participants involved.

Packed with contemporary examples and new pedagogical tools, the Third Edition has been thoroughly revised with the most up-to date content and resources to give students a more comprehensive understanding of the criminal courts system. Additional instructor resources and study tools can be found online at www.sagepub.com/hemmens2e.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452257228
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
12/18/2012
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
506
Sales rank:
59,073
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
SECTION I: The Purpose and Structure of American Courts
CHAPTER 1: Introduction: Law and the Judicial Function
Why Study Courts?
What Is Law?
The Code of Hammurabi
Two Opposing Perspectives: Consus and Conflict
What Is the Relationship of Law to Justice?
The Rule of Law
Justice, the Law, and Packer’s Models of Criminal Justice
Judicial Functions
How Judges “Make Law”
Development of the Common-Law System
The Role of Courts in the Criminal Justice System
CHAPTER 2: Sources of Law
Sources of Law
Sources of Individual Rights
Due Process and the 14th Amendment
Standard of Review
Incorporation of the Bill of Rights Into the 14th Amendment
CHAPTER 3: Types of Law
Types of Law: Criminal and Civil
CHAPTER 4: Court Organization and Structure
Jurisdiction
The Structure and Jurisdiction of U.S. Courts
A Brief Historical Overview
Federal Courts
State Courts
Court Actors
Overview of the Criminal Process
CHAPTER 5: Specialized Courts
Problem-Solving Courts
Drug Treatment Courts
Domestic Violence Courts
Other Problem-Solving Courts
Juvenile Courts
SECTION II: Courtroom Actors and the Courtroom Workgroup
CHAPTER 6: Prosecutors
Historical Evolution of the American Prosecutor
The Federal Prosecutor
State Prosecutors
The Prosecutor’s Duties
Assistant Prosecutors at Work
The Expansion of the Prosecutor’s Discretionary Power
Prosecutorial Ethics and Misconduct
Community Prosecution
CHAPTER 7: Defense Attorneys
Defense Attorney’s Role in the Criminal Justice System
Historical Development of the Right to Counsel
Indigent Defense Systems
Private Versus Appointed Counsel: Which Is Better?
Effective Assistance of Counsel
Ethics and Lawyer-Client Relationships
Realities of Being a Defense Attorney
CHAPTER 8: Judges
Roles and Duties of Judges
Judicial Selection
Judicial Socialization and Development
Judicial Accountability and Judicial Independence
Judicial Performance Evaluations
Accountability for Judicial Misconduct
CHAPTER 9: Criminal Defendants and Crime Victims
Criminal Defendants
Victims and the Criminal Courts
CHAPTER 10: The Jury
History of Jury Trials
The Role of the Jury
Limits on the Right to Trial by Jury
Jury Size and Unanimity Requirements
The Selection of Jurors
Reforms to the Jury System
Jury Nullification
SECTION III: Court Processes
CHAPTER 11: Pretrial Procedures
Arrest
Booking
The Charging Decision
Information
Indictment
Initial Appearance
Arraignment
Discovery
Pretrial Motions
Plea Bargaining
Jury Selection
CHAPTER 12: The Criminal Trial
Opening Statements
The Presentation of Evidence
Calling Witnesses
Evidence and Rules of Evidence
Closing Arguments
Instructing the Jury
Jury Deliberations and Verdict
CHAPTER 13: Sentencing
The Goals of Sentencing
The Judge’s Options at Sentencing
How Do Judges Decide? Modeling the Sentencing Process
CHAPTER 14: The Appellate Process
Appealing to a Higher Court
The Appellate Courts
The “Right” to Appeal
The Writ of Habeas Corpus
How Do Appellate Courts Decide?
Glossary
References/Future Reading
Case Index
General Index
About the Authors

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