Constitutional Law and the Criminal Justice System

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-07-12
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Help your students decipher the complexities of our Constitution and the criminal justice system with this best seller! J. Scott Harr and Kären M. Hess have taken the most complex of material and made it into the most student-oriented and manageable text for the course, helping students develop a complete understanding of the key issues related to our Constitution and the criminal justice system. With approximately 225 summarized cases fully integrated into the text, students are introduced to pertinent and influential cases in a format that is not intimidating?the authors use plain language versus legal language. Harr and Hess focus primarily on the Fourth Amendment (reasonable search and seizure) and Fifth Amendment (double jeopardy, testifying against oneself) to the U.S. Constitution, as these are the most relevant to criminal justice issues. The Third Edition continues to offer students a broader picture of the laws that influence our society, and, at the same time, helps students master these important concepts through a unique integrated learning system?the authors' trademark Four-Point Approach.

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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