Basic Criminal Law: The United States Constitution, Procedure and Crimes

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For undergraduate legal studies, paralegal and criminal justice courses. Today, criminal law and procedures is at the forefront of public. The public debates, on a daily basis, the death penalty, the insanity defense, the release of death row prisoners, and the treatment of individuals suspected of engaging in terrorist activities against the U.S. This text guides students through three basic criteria to ground them in a thorough understanding of criminal law: History of the American Criminal Law System, Criminal Procedure, and coverage of specific crimes and common defenses to those crimes. By addressing the fundamentals of criminal law history, the Constitution, and even how media coverage affects criminal proceedings, student can begin to explore the law in their jurisdiction and build upon the fundamental knowledge this book delivers.

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KEY BENEFIT: This book places criminal law in its historical context and presents constitutional protections in a readable and engaging way. It sheds light on criminal law concepts and uses historical highlights to personalize and apply them to new factual situations. KEY TOPICS: Relevant coverage shows readers that terrorism is not a 21st century invention, and that military tribunals have tried wartime enemies caught on our soil with Supreme Court approval. For paralegals, legal assistants, and individuals interested in a career in corrections or law enforcement.

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