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Highly accessible and student friendly, Gardner and Anderson's CRIMINAL LAW, 12th Edition, combines a traditional presentation and organization with a prescriptive approach to teaching criminal law. The longtime market leader--a favorite of professors and students alike for over three decades--is ideal for instructors who want a more narrative, descriptive approach with fewer lengthy case excerpts. The text exposes students to the language of criminal law without overwhelming them, while delivering comprehensive coverage of all the major components of substantive criminal law. Thoroughly updated, the twelfth edition of this proven classic features compelling coverage of current issues and cases and plentiful learning tools that help students of all backgrounds quickly master even complex legal topics.

Thomas J. Gardner,

Thomas J. Gardner is a proven author and widely respected practicing attorney with more than fifty years of experience, including several years as an assistant district attorney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mr. Gardner received his law degree from Marquette Law School.

Terry M. Anderson, Creighton University School of Law

Terry M. Anderson is Professor of Law at Creighton University School of Law. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968 and Juris Doctor degree in 1971 from the University of North Dakota, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Case Editor of the North Dakota Law Review. After earning a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School in 1972, he joined the Creighton law faculty. He has been a visiting Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law, and the Denver University School of Law. He teaches Criminal Law, Contracts, and Secured Transactions in Personal Property.
  • The twelfth edition offers new and updated topic coverage in key areas such as environmental crime, terrorism, cybercrime, forensics in the courtroom, gun rights, immigration, LGBT rights, intelligence centers, and human trafficking. It also includes current technology-related topics such as sexting, cyberbullying, video surveillance/voyeurism, and identity theft.
  • Each chapter opens with a high-interest vignette--many of which are new to this edition--that invites students into the material by spotlighting its relevancy. Vignettes feature such riveting, current cases as the James Holmes movie theater shooting, the University of California-Davis pepper-spray incident, Somalian anti-piracy efforts, a false claim in California regarding the Congressional Medal of Honor, and other topics.
  • Providing the most up-to-date coverage available, this edition features updated Supreme Court and state cases that are current through 2013.
  • Driving home key concepts and helping students maximize their study efforts, end-of-chapter summaries appear as bullet-point lists that are matched to chapter-opening Learning Objectives.
  • A longtime market leader, Gardner and Anderson's CRIMINAL LAW masterfully balances comprehensive coverage of substantive criminal law topics with a presentation and writing style that make the material engaging and accessible--even for students with little or no legal background.
  • Brief case excerpts provide helpful exposure to the actual language of the courts within the context of key chapter concepts while minimizing the risk of overwhelming students with excessive amounts of dense legal documentation.
  • Vibrant concept boxes, graphs, and photographs enhance visual appeal while complementing the narrative, encouraging student interest, and supporting different learning styles. In addition, end-of-chapter review problems--"Case Analysis and Writing Assignments"--facilitate critical thinking, case analysis, and the development of writing skills.
  • Making extensive use of court opinions--frequently U.S. Supreme Court opinions--and case citations, the text clearly illustrates how courts interpret and apply criminal statutes within their jurisdiction. Citations of important decisions on key points of criminal law are included to guide students who may conduct additional research.
  • A favorite of instructors and students alike, numerous "Case Close Up" excerpts use detailed factual statements and extended discussion of the court's reasoning to examine its analysis of a difficult or emerging criminal law issue--giving students behind-the-scenes insight into the inner workings of the court system.
1. Criminal Law: Purposes, Scope, and Sources.
2. Jurisdiction.
3. Essential Elements of a Crime.
4. Criminal Liability.
5. Criminal Responsibility and the Capacity to Commit a Crime.
6. The Law Governing the Use of Force.
7. Other Criminal Defenses.
8. Criminal Punishment.
9. Free Speech, Street Crimes, and the Bill of Rights.
10. Homicide.
11. Assault, Battery, and Other Crimes Against the Person.
12. Sexual Assault, Rape, Prostitution, and Related Sex Crimes.
13. Theft.
14. Robbery, Burglary, and Related Crimes.
15. White Collar Crime, Cyber Crime, and Commercial Crime.
16. Drug Abuse and Alcohol-Related Crime.
17. Terrorism.
18. Organized Crime and Gangs.
19. Immigration Crimes, Contempt, and Other Crimes Against the Government.
Appendix A: Applicable Sections of the U.S. Constitution.
Appendix B: Glossary of Legal Terms.
Case Index.
General Index.

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Online Test Bank (Microsoft Word)

ISBN: 9781305966604
Organize your course and capture your students' attention with the resources found in the Test Bank, including multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions -- most with answers and page references for each chapter of the text.

Online Instructor's Manual

ISBN: 9781305966376
This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.

Online PowerPoint® Lectures with Art

ISBN: 9781305966390
These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

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ISBN: 9781305966451
Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.