Criminal Law Today

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-01-28
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Bringing criminal law to life. Criminal Law Today, Fifth Edition, brings criminal law to life by relating it to real stories from today's headlines. The text's approach is strongly influenced by the belief that the law has always been, and remains, a vital policy-making tool. As a topic for study and discussion, the nature and life of the law is more important today than ever before. The text highlights the challenges that face the law as it continues to adapt to the needs of a complex and rapidly changing society and features a balanced text/casebook approach that provides a lively introduction to criminal law. Effective in-text learning tools give students the resources they need to master the material presented in the text.

Author Biography

Frank Schmalleger, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Dr. Schmalleger holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Ohio State University, having earned both a master’s (1970) and doctorate (1974) from Ohio State University, with a special emphasis in criminology. From 1976 to 1994, he taught criminal justice courses at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. For the last 16 of those years, he chaired the university’s Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. He was named Professor Emeritus in 2001. As an adjunct professor with Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, Schmalleger helped develop the university’s graduate program in security administration and loss prevention. He taught courses in that curriculum for more than a decade. Schmalleger has also taught in the New School for Social Research’s online graduate program, helping to build the world’s first electronic classrooms in support of distance learning through computer telecommunications. An avid Internet user, Schmalleger is also the creator of a number of award-winning websites, including one that supports this textbook ( www.mycjlab.com ).

Frank Schmalleger is the author of numerous articles and many books, including the widely used Criminal Justice Today (Pearson, 2013), Criminology Today (Pearson, 2012), and Criminal Justice: A Brief Introduction (Pearson, 2014). See his website at www.schmalleger.com .

Daniel E. Hall, J.D., Ed.D., a native of Indiana, earned his bachelor’s degree at Indiana University, his Juris Doctor at Washburn University, and his Doctor of Education at the University of Central Florida. He practiced law in both the United States and the Federated States of Micronesia. He has been on the faculties of the Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida and the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Toledo, where he was chair and associate professor. [SR2] He is currently professor and director of criminal justice, with a joint appointment in political science and affiliate status in Black World Studies, at Miami University Hamilton.  He is also visiting professor of law at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.  Dr. Hall is the author or coauthor of 20 textbooks and many journal articles on public law subjects.  Daniel lives in Ohio with his two daughters, Eva and Grace. You can learn more about Daniel at www.danielhall.org and he may be reached at hallslaw@yahoo.com.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1      The Nature and History of Criminal Law

CHAPTER 2      Criminal Liability and the Essence of Crime

CHAPTER 3      Expanding the Concept of Crime

CHAPTER 4      Extending Criminal Liability: Inchoate Offenses and Parties to Crime

CHAPTER 5      Justifications as Defenses

CHAPTER 6      Defenses: Excuses and Insanity

CHAPTER 7      Legal and Social Dimensions of Personal Crime: Homicide

CHAPTER 8      Legal and Social Dimensions of Personal Crime: Assault, Battery, and Other Personal Crimes

CHAPTER 9      Legal and Social Dimensions of Property and Computer Crimes

CHAPTER 10    Offenses against Public Order and the Administration of Justice

CHAPTER 11    Terrorism and Human Trafficking Offenses against Public Morality

CHAPTER 12    Offenses against Public Morality Terrorism and Human Trafficking

CHAPTER 13    Victims and the Law

CHAPTER 14    Punishment and Sentencing

APPENDIX A   How to Brief a Case

APPENDIX B   The Constitution of the United States of America

APPENDIX C   Model Penal Code Excerpts


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