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Contemporary Criminal Law
Concepts, Cases, and Controversies

Fifth Edition
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May 2018 | 600 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

 “I highly recommend this textbook to any instructor of an introductory criminal law course. It provides a concise overview of the law and introduces students to the complexities of the law in practice by providing case scenarios. This is an excellent textbook with beneficial supplementary online resources.”
                                                                                                                      —Erin C. Heil, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

A book that students find interesting and instructors consider educationally valuable, the Fifth Edition of Contemporary Criminal Law combines traditional concepts with thought-provoking cases and engaging learning tools. The text covers both foundational and emerging legal topics such as terrorism, gangs, cybercrime, and hate crimes, illustrated by real-life examples that students connect with. 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 book provides a contemporary perspective on criminal law that encourages students to actively read and analyze the text. The Fifth Edition is enhanced throughout by new cases that offer the most up-to-date coverage of evolving legal opinions and developments in criminal law.

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PREFACE
 
THE CASE METHOD
 
CHAPTER ORGANIZATION
 
ORGANIZATION OF THE TEXT
 
NEW TO THE FIFTH EDITION
 
DIGITAL RESOURCES
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
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 SUMMARY

 
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS

 
 
CHAPTER 2 Constitutional Limitations
INTRODUCTION

 
THE RULE OF LEGALITY

 
BILLS OF ATTAINDER AND EX POST FACTO LAWS

 
STATUTORY CLARITY

 
EQUAL PROTECTION

 
FREEDOM OF SPEECH

 
PRIVACY

 
THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS

 
CHAPTER SUMMARY

 
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS

 
 
CHAPTER 3 Punishment and Sentencing
INTRODUCTION

 
PUNISHMENT

 
PURPOSES OF PUNISHMENT

 
SENTENCING

 
PLEA BARGAINING

 
TRUTH IN SENTENCING

 
VICTIMS’ RIGHTS

 
CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT

 
EQUAL PROTECTION

 
CHAPTER SUMMARY

 
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS

 
 
CHAPTER 4 Actus Reus
INTRODUCTION

 
CRIMINAL ACTS

 
STATUS OFFENSES

 
OMISSIONS

 
POSSESSION

 
CHAPTER SUMMARY

 
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS

 
 
CHAPTER 5 Mens Rea, Concurrence, Causation
INTRODUCTION

 
MENS REA

 
PURPOSELY

 
KNOWINGLY

 
RECKLESSLY

 
NEGLIGENTLY

 
STRICT LIABILITY

 
CONCURRENCE

 
CAUSATION

 
CHAPTER SUMMARY

 
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS

 
 
CHAPTER 6 Parties to Crime and Vicarious Liability
INTRODUCTION

 
PARTIES TO A CRIME

 
ACTUS REUS OF ACCOMPLICE LIABILITY

 
MENS REA OF ACCOMPLICE LIABILITY

 
ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT

 
VICARIOUS LIABILITY

 
AUTOMOBILES, PARENTS, AND VICARIOUS LIABILITY

 
CHAPTER SUMMARY

 
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS

 
 
CHAPTER 7 Attempt, Conspiracy, and Solicitation
INTRODUCTION

 
ATTEMPT

 
CONSPIRACY

 
SOLICITATION

 
CHAPTER SUMMARY

 
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS

 
 
CHAPTER 8 Justifications
INTRODUCTION

 
MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES

 
SELF-DEFENSE

 
DEFENSE OF OTHERS

 
DEFENSE OF THE HOME

 
EXECUTION OF PUBLIC DUTIES

 
RESISTING UNLAWFUL ARRESTS

 
NECESSITY

 
CONSENT

 
CHAPTER SUMMARY

 
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS

 
 
CHAPTER 9 Excuses
INTRODUCTION

 
THE INSANITY DEFENSE

 
DIMINISHED CAPACITY

 
INTOXICATION

 
AGE

 
DURESS

 
MISTAKE OF LAW AND MISTAKE OF FACT

 
ENTRAPMENT

 
NEW DEFENSES

 
CHAPTER SUMMARY

 
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS

 
 
CHAPTER 10 Homicide
INTRODUCTION

 
TYPES OF CRIMINAL HOMICIDE

 
ACTUS REUS AND CRIMINAL HOMICIDE

 
THE BEGINNING OF HUMAN LIFE

 
THE END OF HUMAN LIFE

 
MENS REA AND CRIMINAL HOMICIDE

 
MURDER

 
MANSLAUGHTER

 
CHAPTER SUMMARY

 
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS

 
 
CHAPTER 11 Criminal Sexual Conduct, Assault and Battery, Kidnapping, and False Imprisonment
INTRODUCTION

 
THE COMMON LAW OF RAPE

 
ASSAULT AND BATTERY

 
KIDNAPPING

 
FALSE IMPRISONMENT

 
CHAPTER SUMMARY

 
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS

 
 
CHAPTER 12 Burglary, Trespass, Arson, and Mischief
INTRODUCTION

 
BURGLARY

 
TRESPASS

 
ARSON

 
CRIMINAL MISCHIEF

 
CHAPTER SUMMARY

 
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS

 
 
CHAPTER 13 Crimes Against Property
INTRODUCTION

 
LARCENY

 
EMBEZZLEMENT

 
FALSE PRETENSES

 
THEFT

 
IDENTITY THEFT

 
COMPUTER CRIME

 
RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY

 
FORGERY AND UTTERING

 
ROBBERY

 
CARJACKING

 
EXTORTION

 
CHAPTER SUMMARY

 
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS

 
 
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

 
ANTITRUST VIOLATIONS

 
PUBLIC CORRUPTION

 
CHAPTER SUMMARY

 
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS

 
 
CHAPTER 15 Crimes Against Public Order and Morality
INTRODUCTION

 
DISORDERLY CONDUCT

 
RIOT

 
PUBLIC INDECENCIES: QUALITY-OF-LIFE CRIMES

 
THE OVERREACH OF CRIMINAL LAW

 
OBSCENITY

 
CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

 
CHAPTER SUMMARY

 
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS

 
 
CHAPTER 16 Crimes Against the State
INTRODUCTION

 
TREASON

 
SEDITION

 
SABOTAGE

 
ESPIONAGE

 
TERRORISM

 
INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW

 
CHAPTER SUMMARY

 
CHAPTER REVIEW QUESTIONS

 
LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

 
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ANSWERS

 
 
NOTES
 
GLOSSARY
 
CASE INDEX
 
SUBJECT INDEX
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

SAGE edge for Instructors supports your teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students.

  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts by chapter to ease preparation for lectures and class discussions
  • Editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for the course
  • Tables and Figures are available in an easily-downloadable format for use in papers, hand-outs, and presentations
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for structuring one’s course
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected to support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter to encourage students to think critically
  • Class activities for individual or group projects provide lively and stimulating ideas for use in and out of class reinforce active learning.
  • Video and Multimedia, including carefully selected chapter-by-chapter video and multimedia content which enhance classroom-based explorations of key topics
  • course cartridge provides easy LMS integration
Student Study Site

SAGE edge for Students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment.

  • Mobile-friendly practice Quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material.
  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts.
  • Carefully selected chapter-by-chapter Video and Multimedia content which enhance classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • SAGE Journal Articles combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
  • Additional Cases are included for further reading and application of the concepts.
  • Sample Answers from the 'You Decide' boxes on the text.

“A comprehensive overview of criminal law that provides case studies in every chapter.”

Dr. Mercedes Valadez
California State University, Sacramento

“I highly recommend this textbook to any instructor of an introductory criminal law course. It provides a concise overview of the law and introduces students to the complexities of the law in practice by providing case scenarios. This is an excellent textbook with beneficial supplementary online resources.”

Erin C. Heil
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

“Thorough—the perfect intro to criminal law book and an easy, interesting, and enjoyable read for students.”

Dory Mizrachi
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

“I would describe the textbook as engaging and comprehensive. The material is easy to follow, and the supplemental materials make this book very adaptable to different teaching styles.”

Bethany K. Teeter
Missouri State University West Plains

Textbook is well organized and easy for students to follow. Has excellent outlines for instruction.

Benjamin Aguilar
Social Science, Univ Of New Mexico-Taos
December 8, 2018
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION: 

  • New cases illuminate important concepts, including decisions on criminal acts, criminal intent, parties, corporate crime, kidnapping, identity theft, computer crime, prostitution, terrorism, and more. 
  • One or more new You Decide sections in most chapters clarify concepts to illustrate the complexity of legal analysis and enhance the interactive character of the text. Additional hypothetical problems are available on the on the companion site, which can be accessed at http://edge.sagepub.com/lippmanccl5e.
  • New Crime in the News features look at recent events such as the criminal trial of Dylann Roof, the dark web, and the leaking of confidential government documents to help students apply important concepts to real-world scenarios. 
  • New and expanded discussions of critical topics cover the Second Amendment and gun control, the Trump administration's stance on marijuana, sentencing guidelines, and criminal defenses.

KEY FEATURES: 

  • SAGE edge provides students helpful tools, including eFlashcards, practice quizzes, a customizable action plan, and more, in one easy-to-use online environment. 
  • Carefully selected and edited cases include classic cases fundamental to the study of criminal law and contemporary cases that reflect our increasingly diverse society. 
  • The author’s student-friendly, clear style makes legal concepts approachable and manageable for undergraduate students.
  • 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.
  • Signals throughout the book direct students to the 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, The Legal Equations, and Cases and Comments engage students and deepen their understanding of how criminal law functions in the real world.
  • Chapter-opening vignettes and a Test Your Knowledge feature encourage active reading and prepare students for the material that follows
 

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