An Introduction to Criminal Evidence Cases and Concepts

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  • Copyright: 2008-02-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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An Introduction to Criminal Evidence: Cases and Concepts provides comprehensive and applied coverage of the rules of evidence, along with numerous case excerpts that clearly illustrate those rules. Using engaging, straightforward language, authors R. Alan Thompson, Lisa S. Nored, John Worrall, and Craig Hemmens offer an invaluable and innovative resource for both students and instructors. Concentrating on the Federal Rules of Evidence, this distinctive text presents in-depth yet concise coverage of evidentiary law in thirteen succinct chapters. To draw students into this complex subject, the authors explain criminal evidence through a unique blend of text and case excerpts; throughout, these excerpts illuminate the rules in useful, fascinating, and often humorous examples. Helpful pedagogical resources and study aids--including discussion questions, lists of relevant websites, and a glossary of key terms--further enhance students' engagement with the material. Ideal for courses in criminal justice and the law, An Introduction to Criminal Evidence integrates theory with practice to expand and enliven this significant subject.

Author Biography

R. Alan Thompson, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Administration of Justice at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Lisa S. Nored, J.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Administration of Justice at the University of Southern Mississippi.
John L. Worrall, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Craig Hemmens, J.D., Ph.D., is Director of the Honors College and Professor of Criminal Justice at Boise State University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. v
About the Authorsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Preliminary Matters/Setting the Stagep. 1
Introduction: A Brief History of Evidence Lawp. 3
The American Criminal Court Systemp. 33
Important Concepts Underlying Evidence Lawp. 60
Real, Demonstrative, and Testimonial Evidencep. 80
Presumptions, Inferences, and Stipulationsp. 97
Criminal Evidencep. 111
Witness Competencyp. 113
Credibility and Impeachment of Witnessesp. 154
Examination of Witnessesp. 177
Introducing Criminal Evidence in Courtp. 209
Forms of Evidencep. 211
Expert Witnesses and Scientific Evidencep. 246
Testimonial Privilegesp. 280
The Hearsay Rulep. 313
Hearsay: Exemptions and Exceptionsp. 332
Glossaryp. 371
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