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Criminal Law / Edition 7

Criminal Law / Edition 7

by Joel SamahaJoel Samaha


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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: 9780534563585
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 06/28/2001
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 7.87(w) x 9.84(h) x (d)

About the Author

Joel Samaha is University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. He received his B.A. (History), J.D., and Ph.D. (History) from Northwestern University and studied under 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, was named College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Teacher in 1974, and named University Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2007. 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.

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. The Nature, Origins, and Purposes of Criminal Law. 2. Constitutional Limits on Criminal Law. 3. General Principles of Criminal Liability. 4. Parties to Crime: Complicity and Vicarious Liability. 5. Uncompleted Crimes: Attempt, Conspiracy, and Solicitation. 6. Defenses to Criminal Liability: Justifications. 7. Defenses to Criminal Liability: Excuses. 8. Crimes Against Persons I: Criminal Homicide. 9. Crimes Against Persons II: Criminal Sexual Conduct and Others. 10. Crimes Against Habitation: Burglary and Arson. 11. Crimes Against Property. 12. Crimes Against Public Order and Morals. Appendix A: Constitution of the United States. GLOSSARY. INDEX.

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