Criminal Law: Case Studies and Controversies / Edition 3

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Brings an innovative approach to case analysis, statutory interpretation, and applying the principles of criminal law.

Uses an innovative case studies method. Each topic area includes a detailed story about the people and events leading up to the offense.
Includes 120 photographs related to the crimes.
“Core opinions" of central historical, theoretical, or doctrinal importance are provided in each subject-area section.
Includes provocative and timely principal cases from a wide variety of jurisdictions, each followed by the statutes that existed in the jurisdiction at the time of the offense.
Reproduces any court opinions in the case, so teachers can compare their in-class legal analysis to how the case was resolved in real life.
Treatise-like summary of law in each topic area gives students an overview of the law, introduces the underlying theoretical principles, and provides context.
Real world problem cases test students’ mastery of the legal summaries and an important vehicle for class discussions.
Each section identifies issues of current controversy and an advanced issues appendix includes excerpts from the literature on each side of the issue.
Extensive Teacher's Manual, provides the aftermath of each story, an analysis of all principal cases and problem cases, a summary of the arguments on each side of the highlighted controversies, plus pedagogical comments on each section, including summary lesson plans.
Rich website allows instructors to poll their students on liability judgments for each principal case as well as PDFs of full opinions and appellate opinions (if they exist) for the core cases, and other resources such as links to compiled criminal codes for all 50 states and the Final Report of the National Commission on Reform of Federal Criminal Laws.

New to the Third Edition

Updating and adding to many of the overview sections to reflect changes in law and to add topical issues
Editing the story narratives for a cleaner read and clearer presentation of the facts
Selective revisions to the issues and materials as suggested by Robinson’s own teaching and the comments of users
Adding new material on the selected topics, such as restorative justice, suicide and assisted suicide, possession offenses, corporate criminality child pornography, computer fraud, identity theft, illegal prescription drugs, and cyberbullying, common law concepts of “general intent” and “specific intent”
Adding graphics developed for the Teacher’s Manual that have proven useful in class

*Teacher's Manuals are a professional courtesy offered to professors only. For more information or to request a copy, please contact Wolter's Kluwer Law & Business at 800-950-5259 or

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454807025
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1263
  • Sales rank: 1,273,597
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

PART I. INTRODUCTORY MATERIALS Section 1. The Nature of Criminal Law and Its Structure Section 2. The Legality Principle Section 3. Theories of Punishment PART II. OFFENSE REQUIREMENTS Section 4. Culpability Requirements Section 5. Culpability and Mistake PART III. HOMICIDE AND RELATED ISSUES Section 6. Homicide: Doctrines of Aggravation Section 7. Death Penalty Section 8. Homicide: Doctrines of Mitigation Section 9. Causation PART IV. INCHOATE LIABILITY Section 10. Attempt Liability Section 11. Impossibility Section 12. Conspiracy PART V. DOCTRINES OF IMPUTATION Section 13. Voluntary Intoxication Section 14. Complicity Section 15. The Act Requirement and Liability for an Omission PART VI. GENERAL DEFENSES PART VI.a. Justification Defenses Generally Section 16. Lesser Evils Defense Section 17. Public Authority Justifications Section 18. Defensive Force Justifications Section 19. Mistake as to a Justification PART VI.b. Excuse Defenses Generally Section 20. Mistake Excuses Section 21. Insanity Section 22. Disability Excuses PART VI.c. Nonexculpatory Defenses Generally Section 23. Nonexculpatory Defenses Section 24. Entrapment PART VII. CHANGING PATTERNS OF CRIMINALITY Section 25. Rape Section 26. Hate Crimes Section 27. Corporate Criminality Section 28. Criminal Law in the Technological Age APPENDIX A. DISCUSSION MATERIALS & ADVANCED ISSUES APPENDIX B. MODEL PENAL CODE SELECTED PROVISIONS

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