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Contemporary Criminal Law
Concepts, Cases, and Controversies

Fourth Edition
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Crime and Law | Criminal Justice

August 2015 | 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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  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course
  • Tables and Figures are available in an easily-downloadable format for use in papers, hand-outs, and presentations
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring one’s course
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter to encourage students to think critically
  • Chapter activities for individual or group projects provide lively and stimulating ideas for use in and out of class reinforce active learning.
  • Video and Multimedia, including carefully selected chapter-by-chapter video and multimedia content which enhance classroom-based explorations of key topics
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SAGE edge for Students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment.

  • An online Action Plan includes tips and feedback on progress through the course and materials, which allows students to individualize their learning experience.
  • Mobile-friendly practice Quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material.
  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts.
  • Carefully selected chapter-by-chapter Video and Multimedia content which enhance classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • SAGE Journal Articles and Readings combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience. Full-text CQ Researcher, Pacific Standard magazine, and SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts.
  • 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”

Charlotte Paden
California State University, Stanislaus

“I like your legal equations – they are concise, broadly cover the elements, and students are drawn to them and understand them.”

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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