Criminal Law

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2009-08-10
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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The most accessible and up-to-date text on the market, Criminal Law, Eighth Edition, uses a wide sampling of federal and state statutes and cases to provide students with a comprehensive and contemporary introduction to the field. Employing a student-friendly and engaging writing style, leading scholar and author Sue Titus Reid eliminates complicated legal jargon from case excerpts while addressing timely, provocative issues. She also weaves appellate court cases into each chapter--particularly those with a focus on current events--in order to familiarize students with how the judiciary thinks about and responds to questions of law. Completely updated throughout, the eighth edition covers: New information on common law and capital punishment The latest, most relevant court decisions (especially those of the U.S. Supreme Court) A broad range of issues including misdemeanors, felonies, federal and state statutes and cases, and constitutional principles relating to criminal law The most recent current events including child abuse, domestic violence, pornography, animal cruelty, racketeering, cyberstalking, identity theft, terrorism, elder abuse, juvenile issues, drug abuse and trafficking, and sentencing This edition also incorporates numerous pedagogical features (boxes, figures, graphs, charts, key terms), newly-streamlined chapter introductions, and end-of-chapter "For Debate" questions, which promote lively class discussion. The text is enhanced by a comprehensive support package containing: A Student Study Guide offering outlines; key terms; student learning objectives; and review, multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, and short-answer practice questions An Instructor's Manual providing chapter outlines; key terms; student learning objectives; review questions; and a test bank with multiple-choice and short-answer and essay questions A Companion Website featuring additional information about the book and a downloadable Student Study Guide (PDF format) An incisive, authoritative introduction, Criminal Law, Eighth Edition, is ideal for undergraduate courses in criminal law.

Author Biography

Sue Titus Reid is a professor and Director of the undergraduate program of the Reubin O'D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University. An accomplished scholar in both social sciences and the law, she is the author of Crime and Criminology, Twelfth Edition (OUP, 2008), Criminal Law: The Essentials (OUP, 2008), and Criminal Law, Seventh Edition (OUP, 2006).

Table of Contents

Each Chapter opens with an Outline and Introduction. Each Chapter (except Chapter 12) ends with a Summary, Study Questions, ""For Debate"" Questions, a list of Key Terms, a Case Analysis, an Internet Activity, and Notes.
An Introduction To Criminal Law
The Emergence of Law
Civil and Criminal Law Distinguished
The Nature and Purpose of Criminal Law
Criminal Law as Punishment
Retribution or Revenge
Reformation or Rehabilitation
Criminal Law and Morality
The Nature and Purpose of U.S. Court Systems
The Dual Court System
Trial and Appellate Courts
The Model Penal Code and Criminal Law Reform
The English Common Law and Its Impact
Sources of Criminal Law
Statutory Law
Judicial Decisions and Customs
Administrative Law
Discretion and Criminal Law
Classification of Crimes and Related Offenses
Grade of Offense
Moral Turpitude
Other Classifications
The Limitations on Criminal Law
Void for Vagueness and Overbreadth
Ex Post Facto Laws and Bills of Attainder
Repeal or Amendment of a Statute
Double Jeopardy
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process and Equal Protection
The Right of Privacy
Other Constitutional Limitations
The Establishment of Guilt
The Adversary System
The Burden of Proof
Determining Criminal Culpability: The Judge and the Jury
How to Read and Interpret a Case
Elements Of A Crime
The Elements of a Crime
A Criminal Act
The Exclusion of Involuntary Conduct
Proof of an Act
Possession as an Act
Criminal Failure to Act
A Criminal Intent
Problems of Interpretation
Proving Criminal Intent
The Concurrence of a Criminal Act and a Criminal Intent
Attendant Circumstances
Liability Without Fault
Strict Liability
Vicarious Liability
Enterprise Liability
Anticipatory Offenses And Parties To Crimes
Elements of Solicitation
Defenses to Solicitation
Elements of Attempt
Defenses to Attempt
The Spread of AIDS: An Attempt Crime?
The Problem of Definition
Elements of Conspiracy
The Act or Agreement
The Intent
Limitations on Parties to Conspiracy
Defenses to Conspiracy
Other Issues in Conspiracy
Parties to Crimes
Elements of Accomplice Liability
Other Issues of Accomplice Liability
The Wharton Rule
Defenses to Accomplice Liability
The Scope of Accomplice Liability
Preventing Anticipatory Offenses and Parties to Crime
Federal RICO Statute
State RICO Statutes
Defenses To Criminal Culpability: Part I
The Burden of Proof and Presumptions
Major Court Decisions
The Element of Intent
The Burden of Proof and Self-Defense
The Burden of Proof and the Insanity Defense
Types of Defenses
Ignorance or Mistake
Duress or Necessity
Insanity Tests
Guilty but Mentally Ill
Abolition of the Insanity Defense
Diminished Capacity or Partial Responsibility
Outrageous Government Conduct
Defense of Persons and Property
Self-Defense and The Defense of Others
Defense of Property
Law Enforcement
Defenses To Criminal Culpability: Part II
Substance Abuse: Disease or Moral Problem?
Intoxication as a Legal Defense
Domestic Authority
Consent, Condonation, and Victim's Conduct
The Battered Person Syndrome Defense
The Extension of the Defense
Children as Battered Persons Who Murder
Other Stress Disorders
Extreme Emotional Disturbance
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The Combat Stress Syndrome
Rape Trauma Syndrome (RTS)
Postpartum Depression (PPD) Syndrome
Miscellaneous Defenses
Criminal Homicide
An Overview of Violent Crimes
General Definitional Issues
Another Human Being Requirement
The Definition of Death
The Year-and-a-Day Rule
Multiple Causation
Corpus Delicti
Elements of Murder
Common Law Murder
Types of Murder
Intent to Kill
Intent to Inflict Great Bodily Harm
Depraved Heart
Intent to Commit a Felony
Murder for Hire
Degrees of Murder
Lesser Included Offenses
Physician-Assisted Suicide
Types of Manslaughter
Voluntary Manslaughter
Heat-of-Passion Manslaughter
Manslaughter in Domestic Relations
Involuntary Manslaughter
Misdemeanor or Negligent Manslaughter
Vehicular and DUI Manslaughter
Failure-to-Act Manslaughter
Assault, Robbery, Rape, And Other Serious Crimes Against The Person
Simple Assault
Aggravated Assault
Reckless Assault
The Elements of Robbery
Home-Invasion Robbery
Forcible Rape
Data on Forcible Rape
Focus on Forcible Sodomy
The Elements of Forcible Rape and Sodomy
Gender of the Actor and of the Victim
The Requirement of Penetration
Lack of Consent
Date Rape
Marital Rape
Child Abuse
Non-sexual Abuse and Neglect
Sexual Abuse
Statutory Rape
Trafficking in Child Prostitution
Elder Abuse
False Imprisonment and Kidnapping
Hate Crimes
Property And Related Crimes
Serious Property Offenses
Larceny Theft
Common Law Larceny-Theft
Modern Theft Codes
Common Law Burglary
Statutory Burglary
Motor Vehicle Theft
Common Law Arson
Statutory Arson
Less Serious Property Offenses
Fraud Against the Elderly
Mortgage Fraud
Mail and Wire Fraud
Health Care Fraud
Securities Fraud
Insider Trading
False Pretense
Forgery and Counterfeiting
Stolen Property:Buying, Receiving, Possessing
Malicious Mischief
Copyright Infringement
Extortion or Blackmail
Computer Crimes
Cybercrime Data
Types of Computer Crimes
Controlling Computer Crimes
Identity Theft
Identity Theft Data
State and Federal Statutes
Carjacking Data
State and Federal Statutes
Crimes Against Public Order And Public Decency
Crimes Against Public Order
Breach of the Peace
Fighting Words
Disorderly Conduct, Vagrancy, and Loitering
Alcohol and Drug-Related Offenses
Public Intoxication and Drug Incapacitation
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Alcohol Offenses and Minors
Unlawful Assembly, Rout, and Riot
Weapons Offenses
Obstructing a Highway or Public Passage
Animal Abuse
Offenses against Public Decency
Lewdness and Indecency
Seduction and Fornication
Statutory Provisions
Pornography and Obscenity
Crimes Against The Government And Terrorism
Crimes Against the Government
Official Misconduct in Office
Obstruction of Justice
The Problem of Definition
The Federal Criminal Code
Examples of State Terrorism Statutes
The Categories of Terrorism
Terrorism Objectives, Strategies, and Tactics
Terrorism Victims
Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDS)
Chemical Agents
Biological Agents
Nuclear Devices
The Control of Terrorism
The National Level
The 9/11 Commission
The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996
The USA Patriot Act
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
The Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002
The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness Response Act of 2002
The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004
The State Level
Drug Abuse And Drug Trafficking
Drug Abuse
The Problem of Definition
Alcohol Prohibition and Regulation
Controlled Substances
Possession of Controlled Substances
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
The Manufacture, Prescription, and Sale of Drugs
The Nature and Extent of Drug Abuse
The Impact of Drug Abuse
Drugs and Crime
Club Drugs, Alcohol, and Campus Crime
Fetal Abuse
The Economic Cost of Drug Abuse
The Impact of Drugs on Criminal Justice Systems
Impact on the Courts
Influence over Law Enforcement Officials
Prison and Jail Overcrowding
Drug Trafficking
The Dynamics of Drug Trafficking
Money Laundering
Federal Statutes
State Statutes
The Control of Drug Abuse and Drug Trafficking
The Federal Level
The U.S. War on Drugs: A Brief History
Recent White House Drug Policies
The State Level
Rockefeller and Other Harsh Laws
Substance Abuse and Treatment
Drug Courts
Legalizing Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes
Sentencing And The Criminal Law
Determining Sentences
Sentence Models
Presumptive Sentencing
Sentencing Guidelines
State Sentencing Guidelines
Federal Sentencing Guidelines
Litigation Concerning Sentencing Guidelines
Critique of Sentencing Guidelines
Recent Sentencing Reform Measures
Three Strikes and You're Out Legislation
Truth in Sentencing Legislation
Capital Punishment
Constitutional Issues in Sentencing
Execution of the Mentally Challenged
Right to a Trial by Jury
Equal Protection
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
The Execution of Juveniles
Methods of Execution
Megan's Laws
Recent Legislative Action
Civil Commitment Procedures
Study Questions
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