Criminal Law

Overview

Already used with success by thousands of students across the country, Crinminal Law: Examples & Explanations is widely regarded as one of the best study guides available. Thoroughly updated for its Third Edition, this popular paperback continues to help students comprehend and apply the principles of criminal law.

These distinctive characteristics make the book a favorite for both students and ...

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Overview

Already used with success by thousands of students across the country, Crinminal Law: Examples & Explanations is widely regarded as one of the best study guides available. Thoroughly updated for its Third Edition, this popular paperback continues to help students comprehend and apply the principles of criminal law.

These distinctive characteristics make the book a favorite for both students and instructors:
• The proven Examples & Explanations format allows students to test their knowledge of legal principles.
• Readable, accessible text often incorporates humor and references to pop culture to engage student interest.
• Use of current and well-known cases makes the material relevant and easily applicable.
• A straightforward presentation, with introductory text designed to facilitate understanding.
• Generous use of visual aids - graphs, charts, and other illustrations ¿ to demonstrate legal standards and concepts.

The Third Edition reflects recent developments in the news and case law, including these major new cases:
• The San Francisco 'dog maul' case.
• The Massachusetts 'hockey rage' case and other instances of rage.
• The Andrea Yates insanity trial.
• Apprendi v. New Jersey, and it's implications for substantive criminal law.
• Homicidal liability for deaths resulting from the transmission of AIDS without informing the partner of the defendant's illness.
• The doctrine of 'preemptive self defense' as articulated by President Bush in explaining the war in Iraq.

This timely revision of Richard G. Singer and John W. La Fond's study guide helps students understandboth the concepts and the context of criminal law. Make sure to require or recommend it for our next course.

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Table of Contents


Contents     xi
Preface     xxv
Acknowledgments     xxvii
The Sources and Limitations of the Criminal Law     1
The Purposes of Punishment     19
Actus Reus     37
The Doctrines of Mens Rea     53
Mistake     89
Strict Liability     117
Causation     141
Homicide     171
Rape     219
Theft     251
Solicitation     277
Attempt     291
Conspiracy     321
Complicity     369
Defenses: An Initial Survey     401
Acts in Emergency: Justification vs. Excuse     421
Defenses Based on Individual Characteristics     475
Table of Selected Cases     543
Index     547
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