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Contemporary Criminal Law
Concepts, Cases, and Controversies

Fifth Edition
  • Matthew Lippman - University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, John Marshall Law School in Chicago
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July 2018 | 600 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

 “I highly recommend this textbook to any instructor of an introductory criminal law course. It provides a concise overview of the law and introduces students to the complexities of the law in practice by providing case scenarios. This is an excellent textbook with beneficial supplementary online resources.”
                                                                                                                      —Erin C. Heil, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

A book that students find interesting and instructors consider educationally valuable, the Fifth Edition of Contemporary Criminal Law combines traditional concepts with thought-provoking cases and engaging learning tools. The text covers both foundational and emerging legal topics such as terrorism, gangs, cybercrime, and hate crimes, illustrated by real-life examples that students connect with. Clear explanations of criminal law and defenses are complemented by provocative, well-edited cases followed by discussion questions to stimulate critical thinking and in-class discussion. The book provides a contemporary perspective on criminal law that encourages students to actively read and analyze the text. The Fifth Edition is enhanced throughout by new cases that offer the most up-to-date coverage of evolving legal opinions and developments in criminal law.

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PREFACE
 
THE CASE METHOD
 
CHAPTER ORGANIZATION
 
ORGANIZATION OF THE TEXT
 
NEW TO THE FIFTH EDITION
 
DIGITAL RESOURCES
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
CHAPTER 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  
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS  
 
CHAPTER 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  
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS  
 
CHAPTER 3 Punishment and Sentencing
INTRODUCTION  
PUNISHMENT  
PURPOSES OF PUNISHMENT  
SENTENCING  
PLEA BARGAINING  
TRUTH IN SENTENCING  
VICTIMS’ RIGHTS  
CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT  
EQUAL PROTECTION  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS  
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY  
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS  
 
CHAPTER 4 Actus Reus
INTRODUCTION  
CRIMINAL ACTS  
STATUS OFFENSES  
OMISSIONS  
POSSESSION  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS  
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY  
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS  
 
CHAPTER 5 Mens Rea, Concurrence, Causation
INTRODUCTION  
MENS REA  
PURPOSELY  
KNOWINGLY  
RECKLESSLY  
NEGLIGENTLY  
STRICT LIABILITY  
CONCURRENCE  
CAUSATION  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS  
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY  
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS  
 
CHAPTER 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  
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS  
 
CHAPTER 7 Attempt, Conspiracy, and Solicitation
INTRODUCTION  
ATTEMPT  
CONSPIRACY  
SOLICITATION  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS  
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY  
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS  
 
CHAPTER 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  
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS  
 
CHAPTER 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  
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS  
 
CHAPTER 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  
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS  
 
CHAPTER 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  
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS  
 
CHAPTER 12 Burglary, Trespass, Arson, and Mischief
INTRODUCTION  
BURGLARY  
TRESPASS  
ARSON  
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS  
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY  
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS  
 
CHAPTER 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  
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS  
 
CHAPTER 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  
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS  
 
CHAPTER 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  
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS  
 
CHAPTER 16 Crimes Against the State
INTRODUCTION  
TREASON  
SEDITION  
SABOTAGE  
ESPIONAGE  
TERRORISM  
INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW  
CHAPTER SUMMARY  
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS  
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY  
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS  
 
NOTES
 
GLOSSARY
 
CASE INDEX
 
SUBJECT INDEX
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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“A comprehensive overview of criminal law that provides case studies in every chapter.”

Dr. Mercedes Valadez
California State University, Sacramento

“I highly recommend this textbook to any instructor of an introductory criminal law course. It provides a concise overview of the law and introduces students to the complexities of the law in practice by providing case scenarios. This is an excellent textbook with beneficial supplementary online resources.”

Erin C. Heil
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

“Thorough—the perfect intro to criminal law book and an easy, interesting, and enjoyable read for students.”

Dory Mizrachi
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

“I would describe the textbook as engaging and comprehensive. The material is easy to follow, and the supplemental materials make this book very adaptable to different teaching styles.”

Bethany K. Teeter
Missouri State University West Plains

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