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Contemporary Criminal Law

Contemporary Criminal Law
Concepts, Cases, and Controversies

Sixth Edition
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April 2022 | 944 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Providing a current view that prompts students to read and analyze, Contemporary Criminal Law: Concepts, Cases, and Controversies, Sixth Edition, by Matthew Lippman, combines the concepts taught in undergraduate criminal law courses with thought-provoking cases and engaging learning tools. 

The text uses real-life examples that students connect to and recognize to cover emerging legal topics including constitutional rights, consent, arson, identity theft, and hate crimes. Lippman clearly defines and explains criminal law and defenses and provides cases and discussion questions to stimulate critical thinking and in-class discussion. Every chapter includes cases, case notes, model penal code and discussion boxes, and learning tools. 

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Chapter 1 The Nature, Purpose, and Function of Criminal Law
Chapter 2 Constitutional Limitations
Chapter 3 Punishment and Sentencing
Chapter 4 Actus Reus
Chapter 5 Mens Rea, Concurrence, Causation
Chapter 6 Parties to Crime and Vicarious Liability
Chapter 7 Attempt, Conspiracy, and Solicitation
Chapter 8 Justifications
Chapter 9 Excuses
Chapter 10 Homicide
Chapter 11 Criminal Sexual Conduct, Assault and Battery, Kidnapping, and False Imprisonment
Chapter 12 Burglary, Trespass, Arson, and Mischief
Chapter 13 Crimes Against Property
Chapter 14 White-Collar Crime
Chapter 15 Crimes Against Public Order and Morality
Chapter 16 Crimes Against the State


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Very clear explanations of complex legal theory. Excellent case examples to support the legal theory explanations.

Professor Cheryl Brockman
Criminal Justice Dept, Sheridan College
March 21, 2024

Format of chapters, new, relevant material

Michelle Velovich
Law, Imperial Valley College
January 26, 2023
Key features
  • New cases have been added to illustrate important concepts and recent court decisions, including decisions on constitutional rights, criminal acts, and terrorism. Several cases from the fifth edition have been edited to highlight important aspects of the court decision.
  • Chapters have been updated to maintain the contemporary content and theme of the book.
  • The new ‘You Decide’ in-chapter feature clarifies concepts, illustrates the complexity of legal analysis, and enhances the interactivity of the textbook.
  • The text has been reorganized to better streamline the content.
  • Essays introduce and summarize the chapters and topics.
  • Edited cases within the text are accompanied by Questions for Discussion.
  • Following the edited case decisions, Cases and Comments and You Decide review exercises are provided. In the You Decide sections, actual cases are discussed, and readers are asked to act as judges.
  • Selected statutes and the provisions of the Model Penal Code are reprinted and analyzed in Model Penal Code and Discussion Boxes sections.
  • Learning tools summarize and reinforce the material. These include introductory vignettes, chapter outlines, the Test Your Knowledge and Criminal Law in the News features, questions for discussion following each case, Legal Equations, chapter review questions, and legal terminology lists.
  • The study site includes additional cases, Web-based study aids, and other features.
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