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Contemporary Criminal Law
Concepts, Cases, and Controversies

Fourth Edition
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Crime and Law | Criminal Justice

584 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Contemporary Criminal Law: Concepts, Cases, and Controversies, Fourth Edition, combines the traditional concepts taught in undergraduate criminal law courses with thought-provoking cases and engaging learning tools. This bestselling text covers both foundational and emerging legal topics, such as terrorism, gangs, cybercrime, and hate crimes, in a student-friendly and approachable manner. Clear explanations of criminal law and defenses are complemented by provocative, well-edited cases and discussion questions that stimulate critical thinking and in-class discussion.

 

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Preface
The Case Method

 
Chapter Organization

 
Organization of the Text

 
Fourth Edition

 
Ancillaries

 
Acknowledgments

 
 
1. The Nature, Purpose, and Function of Criminal Law
Introduction

 
The Nature of Criminal Law

 
Criminal and Civil Law

 
The Purpose of Criminal Law

 
The Principles of Criminal Law

 
Categories of Crime

 
Sources of Criminal Law

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Legal Terminology

 
Criminal Law on the Web

 
 
2. Constitutional Limitations
Introduction

 
The Rule of Legality

 
Bills of Attainder and Ex Post Facto Laws

 
Statutory Clarity

 
Equal Protection

 
Freedom of Speech

 
Privacy

 
The Right to Bear Arms

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Legal Terminology

 
Criminal Law on the Web

 
 
3. Punishment and Sentencing
Introduction

 
Punishment

 
Purposes of Punishment

 
Sentencing

 
Approaches to Sentencing

 
Sentencing Guidelines

 
Truth in Sentencing

 
Victims’ Rights

 
Cruel and Unusual Punishment

 
Equal Protection

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Legal Terminology

 
Criminal Law on the Web

 
 
4. Actus Reus
Introduction

 
Criminal Acts

 
Status Offenses

 
Omissions

 
Possession

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Legal Terminology

 
Criminal Law on the Web

 
 
5. Mens Rea, Concurrence, Causation
Introduction

 
Mens Rea

 
Purposely

 
Knowingly

 
Recklessly

 
Negligently

 
Strict Liability

 
Concurrence

 
Causation

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Legal Terminology

 
Criminal Law on the Web

 
 
6. Parties to Crime and Vicarious Liability
Introduction

 
Parties to a Crime

 
Actus Reus of Accomplice Liability

 
Mens Rea of Accomplice Liability

 
Accessory After the Fact

 
Vicarious Liability

 
Automobiles, Parents, and Vicarious Liability

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Legal Terminology

 
Criminal Law on the Web

 
 
7. Attempt, Conspiracy, and Solicitation
Introduction

 
Attempt

 
Conspiracy

 
Solicitation

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Legal Terminology

 
Criminal Law on the Web

 
 
8. Justifications
Introduction

 
Mitigating Circumstances

 
Self-Defense

 
Defense of Others

 
Defense of the Home

 
Execution of Public Duties

 
Resisting Unlawful Arrests

 
Necessity

 
Consent

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Legal Terminology

 
Criminal Law on the Web

 
 
9. Excuses
Introduction

 
The Insanity Defense

 
Diminished Capacity

 
Intoxication

 
Age

 
Duress

 
Mistake of Law and Mistake of Fact

 
Entrapment

 
New Defenses

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Legal Terminology

 
Criminal Law on the Web

 
 
10. Homicide
Introduction

 
Types of Criminal Homicide

 
Actus Reus and Criminal Homicide

 
The Beginning of Human Life

 
The End of Human Life

 
Mens Rea and Criminal Homicide

 
Murder

 
Manslaughter

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Legal Terminology

 
Criminal Law on the Web

 
 
11. Criminal Sexual Conduct, Assault and Battery, Kidnapping, and False Imprisonment
Introduction

 
The Common Law of Rape

 
Assault and Battery

 
Kidnapping

 
False Imprisonment

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Legal Terminology

 
Criminal Law on the Web

 
 
12. Burglary, Trespass, Arson, and Mischief
Introduction

 
Burglary

 
Trespass

 
Arson

 
Criminal Mischief

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Legal Terminology

 
Criminal Law on the Web

 
 
13. Crimes Against Property
Introduction

 
Larceny

 
Embezzlement

 
False Pretenses

 
Theft

 
Identity Theft

 
Computer Crime

 
Receiving Stolen Property

 
Forgery and Uttering

 
Robbery

 
Carjacking

 
Extortion

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Legal Terminology

 
Criminal Law on the Web

 
 
14. White-Collar Crime
Introduction

 
Environmental Crimes

 
Occupational Health and Safety

 
Securities Fraud

 
Mail and Wire Fraud

 
The Travel Act

 
Health Care Fraud

 
Money Laundering

 
Antitrust Violations

 
Public Corruption

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Legal Terminology

 
Criminal Law on the Web

 
 
15. Crimes Against Public Order and Morality
Introduction

 
Disorderly Conduct

 
Riot

 
Public Indecencies: Quality-of-Life Crimes

 
The Overreach of Criminal Law

 
Obscenity

 
Cruelty to Animals

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Legal Terminology

 
Criminal Law on the Web

 
 
16. Crimes Against the State
Introduction

 
Treason

 
Sedition

 
Sabotage

 
Espionage

 
Terrorism

 
International Criminal Law

 
Chapter Summary

 
Chapter Review Questions

 
Legal Terminology

 
Criminal Law on the Web

 
 
Notes
 
Glossary
 
About the Author

Supplements

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  • Web Resources are included for further research and insights.
  • Additional Cases are included for further reading and application of the concepts.
  • Sample Answers from the 'You Decide' boxes on the text.

“Concisely written”

Janet A. Heuer
Bemidji State University

“Overall very good text for undergraduates learning the foundations of criminal law”

Timothy Helfer
California State University, Stanislaus

“Easy to Understand”

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California State University, Stanislaus

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Tim Kozyra
Kaplan University

“I use all the cases in the chapters I cover . . . the Cases and Comments features are also helpful.”

Cathy Rosen
Temple University

The book presents principles in a way that is appropriate for 2nd level college students. There are great ancillary materials!

Ms Lisa Kara
Administration of Justice, Blue Ridge Community College
September 25, 2015

Reviewed material and it is excellent.

Ms Kelly Henderson
Social Science Humanities Dept, Langston University
September 11, 2015

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Matthew Lippman

Matthew Lippman is Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and has taught criminal law and criminal procedure in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice for more than thirty years. He has also taught courses on civil liberties, law and society, and terrorism and teaches international criminal law at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He earned a doctorate in political science from Northwestern University and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He has been voted by the graduating seniors at UIC to receive the Silver Circle Award for outstanding teaching on... More About Author

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