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Criminal Law And Its Processes Cases And Materials Aspen Casebook Series 9th Edition by Sanford
Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing. I found this textbook to be an excellent resource for an upper-division, undergraduate course in Criminal Law.
Criminal law is a relatively straight-forward topic and this text does a good job of providing a good overview of the topic. Comprehensiveness rating: 4 see less. The textbook highlights the majority of the significant aspects of criminal law and is written in an easy to understand format.
To provide complete overview of the topic, I recommend supplementing the textbook with jurisdiction-specific caselaw, allowing the students to experience factual application of the principles discussed in the textbook. All but one chapter provide the students with an in-depth review of the relevant subtopic.
Chapter 12, Crimes Against the Public, was not as developed as earlier chapters. I expanded Chapter 12 in an effort to provide a more comprehensive overview of the various crimes included within this range of conduct. The textbook is generally accurate and error-free. Given that criminal law is jurisdiction-specific, the textbook does a good job of providing various examples of the different principles.
This is especially true when augmented with jurisdiction-specific caselaw. The textbook works well as the primary textbook for an upper-division, undergraduate textbook.
The text is easily understood by undergraduate students. I found the textbook to be internally consistent and easily supplemented with outside information. With the exception of the first two chapters, both of which provide general background and fundamental principles surrounding criminal law, the textbook chapters are easily re-arranged to fit different course schedules.
Although I personally re-organized the chapters, it was only due to personal preference. The textbook's modularity allowed this easily adjustment. Neither I, nor my students, faced any significant interface issues using this textbook. It is accessible and available in different media formats. Overall, I would recommend this textbook to instructors teaching an upper-division, undergraduate course in criminal law.
Although the textbook does not have all of the "features" of a commercial textbook i. This is not a criticism -- given that criminal law is a jurisdictional-specific subject matter, the textbook does a good job of providing students with general, foundational concepts and allows the instructor to easily supplement the course with jurisdiction-relevant information.
The text is generally comprehensive. It covers all the major areas of criminal law, from individual crimes to broader issues such as the role of the United States Constitution in placing limits on criminal punishment. The text has a fairly Comprehensiveness rating: 5 see less. The text has a fairly detailed table of contents, but no index or glossary. The latter omission is surprising, because the text includes many terms that are bolded, which in other texts often suggests that they are defined in a glossary.
The content appears to be unbiased. There are, however, a number of errors or inaccuracies. But civil litigation is much broader than that, encompassing contract disputes, property issues, injunctive relief, and a host of other issues and remedies. As another example, the text states that, in Gonzales v. Oregon, U. There are many other inaccurate statements throughout the book. The content is up-to-date. Because criminal law varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, it is impossible to be completely up-to-date in the details.
But the general principles addressed in the text are descriptive of contemporary criminal law. The text is written in a way that should be accessible to most undergraduate students.
But there are some exceptions. As for context, although the text generally does a good job of providing relevant context, there are some lapses. The text gets high marks on modularity. The text includes few, if any, long sections; it makes generous use of headings. Occasionally, it is inappropriately self-referential. For example, in section 8. The text is well-organized. Like other criminal law texts, it proceeds from general criminal law principles, to discussion of specific categories of crime, and then to specific crimes.
But there are some broken links to other parts of the text and some broken links to external resources. Although the charts and tables are easy to read, they often inaccurately depict the relationships they are intended to clarify. For example, constitutional provisions are superior to statutory ones, but the figure depicting the relationship shows a circular relationship. Similarly, when summarizing inchoate crimes, the figures start with defenses to the crimes, rather than the affirmative elements of the crimes.
In general, many or most of the figures are either inaccurate or confusing. The text is not overtly insensitive or offensive. But many or most of the examples—and there are a lot of examples—tend to use stereotypically Anglo names for the characters.
But, as noted, the text includes many inaccurate or misleading statements especially in the more general discussions and the figures misrepresent important relationships for example, depicting both state and federal judiciaries as part of a single judicial branch. Obviously, the price of the book can't be beat. But if one were to use it, I'd recommend including errata or somehow informing students about the deficiencies related above.
Although it is difficult to be comprehensive in an introductory text, the author's attempts at introducing legal concepts through individual cases in my experience is not a good starting points.
Comprehensiveness rating: 3 see less. On one occasion the year cited on an important case from was cited as a case. Other references to well known criminal cases contained inaccuracies. Relevance and longevity could be improved by including more recent analysis of contemporary cases.
Moving around within each chapter is somewhat confusing, however. Framework is consistent and terminology is accurate but often includes too many civil law references. For students not familiar with civil or criminal law the civil law references may be confusing. The textbook raises the complex issues of race and ethnicity in criminal law in a responsible and sensitive manner. This OER textbook seems to be an excellent start to an interactive textbook on Criminal Law, unfortunately, I am not ready to adopt in its current form.
I would need better introductions to the topics, a way to substitute links or insert more recent appellate cases in the discussion or summary sections of the chapters to feel comfortable with this text as a platform for my Criminal Law classes. This book is even more comprehensive than previous textbooks non-OER I've used in the past.
I especially like how it covers the constitutional issues freedom of speech, right to "privacy" birth control, abortion, etc. I don't recall other textbooks giving this much attention to the U. Constitution but it is extremely important.
I believe my students are now better able to understand why some statutes are held unconstitutional by the courts. Too often, students and the public at large think that the legislature can just pass laws without ever giving thought to the fact that they may be in opposition to what our constitution allows.
Additionally, I had read previous reviews that mentioned the lack of discussion about terrorism in this book. But I think it's covered sufficiently. And I think the textbook at least offers a good starting point for a discussion on terrorism -- the instructor can easily find additional material about current day challenges to the PATRIOT Act and current news stories about recent terrorism acts and charges.
I found very few if any errors in this textbook. I am a licensed attorney and have been so disappointed in the past with other textbooks with inaccurate information and just a plain misunderstanding of how the law works. It is clear to me that the author of this textbook is an attorney which is how it should be.
Too often I find that Criminal Law textbooks are written by non-attorneys which makes little to no sense. Sure, non-attorneys can write about Criminal Justice in general and certain specific topics, but I think the matter of law especially constitutional and criminal law should be left to those actually trained in the interpretation and practice of the law.
This textbook does a great job of providing relevant and up-to-date court decisions and statutes. It is impossible to write a law textbook that will not need to be updated at some point because the law does change - it's just the nature of the beast. I also found that it was easy to insert my own state's statutes into my lectures. As a result, the students learned the general principles and majority views from this textbook -- and then I showed them specifically what Louisiana requires.
So when it comes to updating my course, I really just need to focus on my state's statutory changes. I wish this textbook had been around back when I was in law school!! It would have been much easier to understand. I love how this textbook breaks every topic into clear and concise sections with a clear bold heading to boot!
No need to use fancy and excessive language when it is simply not needed. My only real complaint if you can even call it that is that some of the examples were a little far-fetched or maybe didn't illustrate a point perfectly, but it was easy enough to come up with my own examples to illustrate the point.
And there really were only just a handful of examples that I did not like - the overwhelming majority of them were spot-on. These examples are crucial to put the law into context for students. Without them, it's just a bunch of concepts that the students can't always translate into the real world. I really liked how the chapters are divided up into reasonable chunks with clear and bold headings. Each section was also relatively small consisting of usually only a few paragraphs which made for easy reading and comprehension.
I also appreciated how each section of the chapter ended with a summary, hypothetical scenarios, and real court cases that illustrate the points covered in the text.
The topics of this text are organized to perfection.
How Criminal Cases Work
Recently, the idea that criminal sanctions should be seen as an essential mechanism within transitional justice for dealing with collective violence has gained increasing traction. The article focuses on the purposes of criminal law and punishment, and what they can achieve in relation to victims and society in transitional contexts. As to victims, it proposes a reorientation of the victim-oriented theories of punishment towards consequentalism and the adoption of a wider concept of justice. As to society, it argues that in transitional contexts the main purpose is positive general prevention. In recent years, the idea that criminal sanctions should be seen as an essential mechanism within transitional justice 1 for dealing with collective violence has gained increasing traction. The theory has been given impetus by various phenomena, noteworthy among which are the prominence now given to victims in criminal policy 2 and the pressure from international law. It is not the purpose of this article to look at all of these consequences in depth.
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Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing. I found this textbook to be an excellent resource for an upper-division, undergraduate course in Criminal Law. Criminal law is a relatively straight-forward topic and this text does a good job of providing a good overview of the topic. Comprehensiveness rating: 4 see less. The textbook highlights the majority of the significant aspects of criminal law and is written in an easy to understand format.
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From a preeminent authorship team, Criminal Law and its Processes: Cases and Materials, Tenth Edition , continues in the tradition of its best-selling predecessors by providing students not only with a cohesive policy framework through which they can understand and examine the use of criminal laws as a means for social control but also analytic tools to understand and apply important criminal law doctrines. Instead of presenting the elements of various crimes in a disjointed fashion, Criminal Law and its Processes: Cases and Materials focuses on having students develop a nuanced understanding of the underlying principles, rules, and policy rationales that inform all criminal laws. A cases-and-notes pedagogy along with scholarly excerpts, questions, and notes, provides students with a rich foundation for not only the academic examination of criminal laws but also the application of the law to real-world scenarios. The purchase of this Kindle edition does not entitle you to receive access to the online e-book, practice questions from your favorite study aids, and outline tool available through CasebookConnect.
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