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Criminal Law : Cases and Materials

Criminal Law : Cases and Materials - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0314177193

Cover of Criminal Law : Cases and Materials 4TH 07 (ISBN 978-0314177193)
ISBN13: 978-0314177193
ISBN10: 0314177191
Edition: 4TH 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: West Publishing Co. (Law Books)
Published: 2007
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Criminal Law : Cases and Materials - 4TH 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0314177193

Joshua Dressler

ISBN13: 978-0314177193
ISBN10: 0314177191
Edition: 4TH 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: West Publishing Co. (Law Books)
Published: 2007
International: No
Summary

Dressler's Criminal Law was prepared for use in a basic course. The cases and the readings were selected, the notes and questions formulated, and the casebook organized so that it can comfortably be used by teachers with varying pedagogical goals. Professor Dressler was guided in preparing this new casebook by several goals. Doctrine Matters: Students should leave a course in criminal law with a substantial body of knowledge. In the context of this casebook, this means that students will become familiar with the general and specific; Penal theory matters. A course in criminal law offers students an opportunity to consider jurisprudential concerns. A goal of the book is to put the criminal law in its philosophical context; and In understanding doctrine, other things matter too. Since the criminal law seeks to affect and to render judgments about human behavior, this book takes some note of the findings of the behavioral sciences. Students also will see that social, economic, and political forces inevitably shape the law.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

A. Nature, Sources, and Limits of the Criminal Law
B. Criminal Law in a Procedural Context: Pre-Trial
C. Criminal Law in a Procedural Context: Trial by Jury
D. Proof of Guilt at Trial
E. Jury Nullification

Chapter 2. Principles of Punishment

A. Justification of Punishment: In General
B. Utilitarian Justifications
C. Retributive Justifications
D. The Penal Theories in Action
E. Proportionality of Punishment

Chapter 3. Legality

A. The Requirement of Previously Defined Conduct
B. Vagueness, Overbreadth, and Lenity Doctrines

Chapter 4. Actus Reus

A. Voluntary Act
B. Omissions ("Negative Acts")
C. Social Harm

Chapter 5. Mens Rea

A. Nature of "Mens Rea"
B. General Issues in Proving Culpability
C. Strict Liability Offenses
D. Mistake of Fact

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