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A highly accessible, student-friendly text, Gardner and Anderson's CRIMINAL LAW is ideal for instructors who prefer not to assign lengthy case excerpts and prefer a more prescriptive approach to teaching criminal law. The text exposes students to the language of criminal law without overwhelming them and provides comprehensive coverage of all the major components of substantive criminal law. The text's excellent coverage of current issues, accessible writing style, and numerous pedagogical aids help students understand complex legal topics more so than any other text on the market.
Part I: BASIC CONCEPTS OF CRIMINAL LAW. 1. Criminal Law Generally. 2. Purposes, Scope, and Sources of Criminal Law. 3. Essential Elements of a Crime. 4. Criminal Liability. 5. Criminal Responsibility and the Capacity to Commit a Crime. 6. The Law Governing the Use of Force. 7. Other Criminal Defenses. 8. Criminal Punishment. 9. Jurisdiction. Part II: THE BALANCING OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS WITH THE NEED FOR PUBLIC ORDER. 10. Guaranteed Freedoms and Public Order. Part III: CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON. 11. Homicide. 12. Assault, Battery, and Other Crimes Against the Person. Part IV: CRIMES AGAINST PROPERTY. 13. Theft, Robbery, and Burglary. 14. Shoplifting, Cyber Crimes and Other Commercial Crimes. 15. Fraud and Other Property Crimes. Part V: SEX CRIMES. 16. Rape and Related Sex Crimes. 17. Prostitution, Related Offenses, and AIDS. Part VI: OTHER CRIMINAL CONDUCT. 18. Drug Abuse and Alcohol-Related Crimes. 19. Terrorism. 20. Organized Crime and Gangs. 21. Contempt, Crimes by Public Officials, and Crimes Against Government. Appendix A: Applicable Sections of the U.S. Constitution. Appendix B: Glossary of Legal Terms. Table of Cases. Index.