Criminal Law / Edition 5

Criminal Law / Edition 5

by Joel Samaha
     
 

This text has become successful due to its methodical and careful explanation of traditional law categories, not because it includes every latest trend in an effort to attune to media whims. The book presents classic or contemporary cases, depending on which best illustrates a particular law. Samaha focuses on presenting a number of fully explicated cases, including… See more details below

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This text has become successful due to its methodical and careful explanation of traditional law categories, not because it includes every latest trend in an effort to attune to media whims. The book presents classic or contemporary cases, depending on which best illustrates a particular law. Samaha focuses on presenting a number of fully explicated cases, including some case excerpts, to cover the range of criminal law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780314061201
Publisher:
West Group
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
575
Product dimensions:
7.87(w) x 10.24(h) x (d)

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Meet the Author


Joel Samaha is Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, The Supreme Court and the Constitution, and a special joint Sociology/History Department course entitled Is There a Wartime Exception to the Bill of Rights? He received his B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. from Northwestern University and studied under the late Sir Geoffrey Elton at Cambridge University, England. Professor Samaha was admitted to the Illinois Bar, briefly practiced law in Chicago, and then taught at UCLA. In 1971, he joined the University of Minnesota, where he served as Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Studies for four years, taught television and radio courses in criminal justice, co-taught a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar in legal and constitutional history, and was named Distinguished Teacher in 1974. Professor Samaha's works have appeared in Historical Journal, American Journal of Legal History, Minnesota Law Review, William Mitchell Law Review, and Journal of Social History.

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Table of Contents

Table of Cases
Preface
Ch. 1The Nature and Origins of Criminal Law2
The Nature of Criminal Law7
Sources of Criminal Law11
Classifying and Grading Crimes22
Perspectives on Crime and the Criminal Law27
Ch. 2The General Principles of Criminal Law40
The Principle of Legality43
Constitutional Limits43
The Principle of Punishment66
Ch. 3The General Principles of Criminal Liability90
Actus Reus93
Mens Rea114
Concurrence131
Causation132
Grading Offenses140
Ch. 4Parties to Crime: The Doctrine of Complicity146
Parties to Crime148
Vicarious Liability162
Ch. 5Uncompleted Crimes: Attempt, Solicitation, and Conspiracy178
Attempt180
Conspiracy207
Solicitation221
Ch. 6Defenses to Criminal Liability: Justifications230
Self-Defense234
Defense of Others250
General Principle of Necessity251
Execution of Public Duties260
Resisting Unlawful Arrest264
Defense of Homes and Property266
Consent269
Ch. 7Defenses to Criminal Liability: Excuses278
Duress280
Intoxication286
Mistake290
Age295
Entrapment299
Insanity302
Diminished Capacity319
Syndromes322
Ch. 8Crimes Against Persons I: Criminal Homicide330
Criminal Homicide Actus Reus333
Causing Another's Death342
Criminal Homicide Mens Rea345
Types and Degrees of Criminal Homicide345
Ch. 9Crimes against Persons II: Criminal Sexual Conduct, and Others388
Criminal Sexual Conduct390
Battery413
Assault418
False Imprisonment423
Kidnapping424
Ch. 10Crimes Against Habitation: Burglary and Arson434
Burglary436
Arson451
Ch. 11Crimes Against Property458
History of Theft461
Larceny462
Embezzlement471
False Pretenses472
Consolidated Theft Statutes476
Receiving Stolen Property477
Forgery and Uttering481
Robbery and Extortion484
Ch. 12Crimes against Public Order and Morals494
Crimes Against Public Order498
Public Morals Offenses544
Appendix559
Glossary563
Index569

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