9780133822533

Principles of Criminal Law

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    9780133822533

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    0133822532

  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/30/2014
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

For courses in criminal law

 

The Principles of Criminal Law in a Concise, Accessible, and Clear Narrative

A concise yet comprehensive overview of criminal law, the Sixth Edition of Principles of Criminal Law is an engaging narrative text ideal for a one-semester course. Rather than focusing on dense citations and lengthy discussions, this text has a clear, accessible tone that will help students grasp the material quickly. Covering a variety of topics, such as white-collar crime, victimless crime, and political crime, as well as major offenses like homicide and sexual assault, chapters focus on real-world applications and include short edited cases, focus boxes, and end-of-chapter practicums. This edition includes updated information on changing marijuana laws, “Stand-Your-Ground” laws, terrorism, and more.

Author Biography

Cliff Roberson LLM, Ph.D. is an Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas and a retired Professor of Criminology at California State University, Fresno, California. He has authored or co-authored over 60 books and texts on legal subjects. His previous academic experiences include Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Arkansas Tech University; Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Houston, Victoria; Director of Programs, National College of District Attorneys; Professor of Criminology and Director of Justice Center, California State University, Fresno; and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, St. Edwards University. Dr. Roberson’s non-academic experience includes U.S. Marine Corps service as an infantry officer, trial and defense counsel and military judge as a marine judge advocate; and Director of the Military Law Branch, U.S. Marine Corps. Other legal employment experiences include Trial Supervisor, Office of State Counsel for Offenders, Texas Board of Criminal Justice and judge pro-tem in the California courts. Cliff is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Military Appeals, U.S. Tax Court, Federal Courts in California and Texas, Supreme Court of Texas and Supreme Court of California. Educational background includes: Ph.D. in Human Behavior, U.S. International University; L.L.M., in Criminal Law, Criminology, and Psychiatry, George Washington University; J.D. American University; B.A. in Political Science, University of Missouri; and one year of postgraduate study at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Harvey Wallace, who died in 2007, was a professor and chair of the criminology department at California State University, Fresno, California. He also served as the academic coordinator for the U.S. Department of Justice, National Victim Assistance Academy in Washington, DC. Professor Wallace had a JD and was the former City Attorney for Fresno, California and County Counsel for Butte County, California. He also served as a deputy district attorney for San Diego County, California. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He has written and published numerous articles in academic and professional journals and eight textbooks in the social sciences and criminal justice field. He was noted for his work with victims and victim assistance programs.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Sources of Criminal Law

Punishment

Principles of Criminal Responsibility

Morals Versus Law

Classification of Crimes

Origins of Criminal Law

Case Law

Reform of Criminal Law

Police Powers of Government

2. Criminal Liability

Bill of Rights

Eighth Amendment

Due Process

Jurisdiction

Social Harm

Right to Privacy

Legality

Equal Protection

Double Jeopardy

3. Requirement of an Act

Act–Actus Reus

Legal Duty

Intent–Mens Rea

Joinder of Intent and Act

Causation

Presumptions

Vertical Growth of Criminal Codes

4. Inchoate or Anticipatory Crimes

Attempt

Solicitation

Conspiracy

Accomplices and Accessories

Comparing and Contrasting Inchoate Crimes

5. Defenses

Introduction

Criminal Responsibility

Justification and Excuse

Procedural Defenses

6. Homicide

Murder

Felony Murder

Voluntary Manslaughter

Involuntary Manslaughter

Negligent Manslaughter

Special Problems in Homicide

Comparing and Contrasting Homicides

7. Sex Crimes

Rape

Sodomy and Oral Copulation

Other Sexual Acts and Offenses

Sexual Assault

8. Crimes against Persons

Kidnapping

False Imprisonment

Trafficking in Humans

Stalking

Assault and Battery

Aggravated Assault and Battery

Mayhem

Terrorism

9. Robbery, Extortion, and Bribery

Robbery

Extortion

Special Problems in Robbery and Extortion

Bribery

10. Theft and Property Crimes

Larceny

Larceny by Trick

False Pretenses

Embezzlement

Consolidation of Theft Offenses

Receiving Stolen Property

Forgery

Money Laundering

Counterfeiting

Identity Theft

Federal and State Racketeering Laws

11. Crimes against Habitation

Burglary

Criminal Trespass

Arson

Special Problems in Crimes Against Habitation

12. Crimes against Public Morals

Obscenity

Prostitution

Incest, Bigamy, and Polygamy

Games of Chance

Public Corruption

13. Narcotics and Alcohol Crimes

Narcotic Offenses

Alcohol Offenses

Solutions

14. Crimes of Abuse

Child Abuse

Elder Abuse

15. Punishments

Partner Abuse

Introduction to Sentencing

Types of Sentences

Incarceration and its Alternatives

Capital Punishment

Case Index

Subject Index

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