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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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Criminal Law

May 2018 | 600 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Contemporary Criminal Law, Fifth Edition combines the traditional concepts taught in undergraduate criminal law courses with thought-provoking cases and engaging learning tools. Matthew Lippman covers both foundational and emerging legal topics such as terrorism, gangs, cyber crime, and hate crimes, in a student-friendly and approachable manner. 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 Fifth Edition includes new cases throughout, offering the most up-to-date coverage of evolving legal opinions and developments in criminal law. The book's student-friendly, clear style makes legal concepts approachable and manageable for undergraduate students. The popular You Decide features are based on actual cases and ask students to assume the role of a judge to arrive at a decision on the case; answers are found on the student study site. Icons throughout the book direct students to the robust student study site with state-specific supplements, self quizzes, podcasts, extra cases, answers to the You Decide scenarios, and more. Crime in the News boxes, Legal Equations, and Cases and Comments engage students with the material presented in the chapters and deepen their understanding of how criminal law functions in the real world.
 
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 2: Constitutional Limitations
Introduction  
The Rule of Legality  
Bills of Attainder and Ex Post Facto Laws  
Statutory Clarity  
State v. Stanko  
Equal Protection  
People of the Virgin Islands v. Lake  
Freedom of Speech  
State v. Douglas D.  
Privacy  
The Constitutional Right to Privacy and Same-Sex Relations Between Consenting Adults in the Home  
The Right to Bear Arms  
 
Chapter 3: Punishment and Sentencing
Introduction  
Punishment  
Purposes of Punishment  
Sentencing  
Approaches to Sentencing  
Sentencing Guidelines  
Plea Bargaining  
Truth in Sentencing  
Victims’ Rights  
Cruel and Unusual Punishment  
Roper v. Simmons  
Equal Protection  
 
Chapter 4: Actus Reus
Introduction  
Criminal Acts  
State v. Fields  
Status Offenses  
People v. Kellogg  
Omissions  
Jones v. United States  
Possession  
State v. Cashen  
 
Chapter 5: Mens Rea, Concurrence, Causation
Introduction  
Mens Rea  
Purposely  
Commonwealth v. Rink  
Knowingly  
State v. Nations  
Recklessly  
Hranicky v. State  
Negligently  
People v. Baker  
Strict Liability  
Steelman v. State  
Concurrence  
State v. Rose  
Causation  
People v. Cervantes  
 
Chapter 6: Parties to Crime and Vicarious Liability
Introduction  
Parties to a Crime  
Actus Reus of Accomplice Liability  
State v. Ulvinen  
Mens Rea of Accomplice Liability  
United States v. Fountain  
State v. Robinson  
Accessory After the Fact  
Sherron v. State  
Vicarious Liability  
Commonwealth v. Koczwara  
Automobiles, Parents, and Vicarious Liability  
 
Chapter 7: Attempt, Conspiracy, and Solicitation
Introduction  
Attempt  
Smallwood v. State  
Illinois v. Johnson  
State v. Glass  
Ross v. State  
Conspiracy  
United States v. Garcia  
Solicitation  
State v. Cotton  
 
Chapter 8: Justifications
Introduction  
Mitigating Circumstances  
Self-Defense  
State v. Marshall  
People v. Goetz  
State v. Norman  
United States v. Peterson  
Defense of Others  
Defense of the Home  
People v. Ceballos  
Execution of Public Duties  
Tennessee v. Garner  
Resisting Unlawful Arrests  
Necessity  
Belton v. State  
Consent  
State v. Dejarlais  
 
Chapter 9: Excuses
Introduction  
The Insanity Defense  
Moler v. State  
Diminished Capacity  
Intoxication  
Brancaccio v. State  
Age  
Brazill v. State  
State v. Ramer  
Duress  
United States v. Contento-Pachon  
Mistake of Law and Mistake of Fact  
Entrapment  
Miller v. State  
New Defenses  
State v. Ramirez  
 
Chapter 10: Homicide
Introduction  
Types of Criminal Homicide  
Actus Reus and Criminal Homicide  
The Beginning of Human Life  
People v. Davis  
The End of Human Life  
Mens Rea and Criminal Homicide  
Murder  
State v. Forrest  
Owen v. State  
Midgett v. State  
State v. Davidson  
People v. Lowery  
State v. Far West Water & Sewer, Inc.  
Manslaughter  
Girouard v. State  
People v. Mehserle  
 
Chapter 11: Criminal Sexual Conduct, Assault and Battery, Kidnapping, and False Imprisonment
Introduction  
The Common Law of Rape  
Commonwealth v. Berkowitz  
In the Interest of M.T.S.  
Garnett v. State  
People v. John Z.  
Assault and Battery  
Carter v. Commonwealth  
Waldon v. State  
Kidnapping  
People v. Dominquez  
False Imprisonment  
 
Chapter 12: Burglary, Trespass, Arson, and Mischief
Introduction  
Burglary  
Bruce v. Commonwealth  
Lacey v. Commonwealth  
Trespass  
Arson  
In re Jesse L.  
Criminal Mischief  
State v. Fitch  
 
Chapter 13: Crimes Against Property
Introduction  
Larceny  
Lee v. State  
Embezzlement  
People v. Casas  
False Pretenses  
People v. Abbott  
Theft  
Identity Theft  
State v. Morales  
Computer Crime  
United States v. Nosal  
Receiving Stolen Property  
Hurston v. State  
Forgery and Uttering  
People v. Cunningham  
Robbery  
Rockmore v. State  
Carjacking  
Extortion  
 
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  
United States v. Jackson  
Antitrust Violations  
Public Corruption  
 
Chapter 15: Crimes Against Public Order and Morality
Introduction  
Disorderly Conduct  
In re Cesar  
Riot  
People v. Upshaw  
Public Indecencies: Quality-of-Life Crimes  
Joyce v. City and County of San Francisco  
City of Chicago v. Morales  
The Overreach of Criminal Law  
People v. McGinnis  
Obscenity  
Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association  
Cruelty to Animals  
 
Chapter 16: Crimes Against the State
Introduction  
Treason  
Sedition  
Sabotage  
Espionage  
Terrorism  
State v. Yocum  
International Criminal Law  

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