Constitutional Law and the Criminal Justice System

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-03-07
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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With Harr and Hess's "legalese-free" text, you'll gain a firm understanding of our often-complex Constitution and criminal justice system. To ground you in the laws that shape the system and our society, the authors present you with a clearly organized, 'bird's-eye" view of the topic, supported by over 200 summarized cases that introduce you to the most influential and pertinent cases. Harr and Hess also devote considerable time to an exploration of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, relevant because of their application to issues relevant to criminal justice: reasonable search and seizure, double jeopardy, and testifying against oneself.

Author Biography

J. Scott Harr is the chair of the criminal justice department at Concordia University, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

A Foundation for Understanding Constitutional Law
A Historical Overview
An Overview of Our Legal System
The Supreme Court of the United States: The Final Word
Reaching the Law
The Guarantees of the Constitution to Citizens: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Equal Protection Under the Law: Balancing Individual, State and Federal Rights
The First Amendment: Basic Freedom
The Second Amendment: The Gun Control Controversy
Constitutional Amendments Influencing the Criminal Justice System
The Fourth Amendment: An Overview of Constitutional Searches and Seizures
Conducting Constitutional Searches
Conducting Constitutional Seizures
The Fifth Amendment: Due Process and Obtaining Information Legally
The Sixth Amendment: Right to Counsel and a Fair Trial
The Eighth Amendment: Bail, Fines, and Punishment
Coming Full Circle
The Remaining Amendments and a Return to the Constitution
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