America's Courts and the Criminal Justice System, 9th Edition

  • David W. Neubauer University of New Orleans
  • ISBN-10: 0495095400
  • ISBN-13: 9780495095408
  • 576 Pages Hardcover 
  • Previous Editions: 2005, 2002, 1999
  • © 2008 | Published
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Overview

Widely used-and widely respected--Neubauer's text offers a comprehensive explanation of the courts and the criminal justice system, presented in a streamlined, straightforward manner that appeals to instructors and students alike. Neubauer's crisp, clear writing style, characterized by careful chunking of material into small sections within chapters, ensures that readers gain a firm handle on the material, while the text's innovative "courtroom workhouse" model, which focuses on the interrelationships among the judge, prosecutor, and defense attorney, brings the courtroom to life. The Ninth Edition offers coverage that reflects recent policy-shaping and headline-making developments, within a refined organization that makes the most of the text's successful, student-oriented pedagogy.


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Features/Benefits

  • This best-selling text on criminal courts features a unique emphasis on courthouse dynamics, which conveys to students the sense of "being in the courthouse."
  • Unique themes--the law on the books, the law in action, and the law in controversy--provide students with a means of focusing on important issues and how to think critically about them.
  • The Murder Trial of Shareef Cousin is a serialized vignette based on an actual case and includes samples of actual court documents. Each chapter in the book focuses on an aspect of the case, drawing connections between chapter material and one real and ongoing case.
  • Updated Case Close-Up boxes in each chapter present an important court decision that has affected our nation's criminal justice system. These boxes also highlight the dynamic nature of courts in the United States.

What's New

  • Keeping with the book's tradition of staying current and engaging, this edition gets a "jump start" with a brand new forensics-based introduction (the Paul House case) in Ch. 1. Throughout the book, readers will find discussion of such headline cases as those involving Kobe Bryant, Michael Jackson, Zacarias Moussaoui, Andrea Yates, Enron, and more.
  • This edition features increased coverage of a number of problem-solving specialty courts (such as military, FISA, domestic violence, and drugs). This increased breadth and depth of coverage reflects the growing establishment and visibility of these types of courts.
  • The concept of legal ethics is introduced in a comprehensive new section in Ch. 5 and followed up on with equally complete discussions in later chapters of prosecutorial ethics (Ch. 6), defense attorney ethics (Ch. 7), and judicial ethics (Ch. 8).
  • Throughout the book, Neubauer offers more discussion of the diversity issues and challenges that have an impact on the courts today. Examples include Chapter 8's coverage of diversity on the bench and Ch. 11's coverage of race and bail.
  • In response to reviewer feedback, Chapter 9 includes expanded coverage of domestic abuse. Additional current topics addressed in this new edition include: wrongful conviction and asset forfeiture (Ch. 2); white-collar crime (Ch. 10); alternative sanctions, restorative justice, and related topics (Ch. 15); and crucial new Supreme Court decisions re: federal/state sentencing guidelines (Ch. 16). Furthermore, the serialized vignette "The Murder Trial of Shareef Cousin" (a case based in New Orleans) reflects the impact of Hurricane Katrina.

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Table of Contents

1. Courts, Crime and Controversy.
Part I: THE LEGAL SYSTEM.
2. Law and Crime.
3. Federal Courts.
4. State Courts.
Part II: LEGAL ACTORS.
5. Dynamics of Courthouse Justice.
6. Prosecutors.
7. Defense Attorneys.
8. Judges
9. Defendants and Victims.
Part III: PROCESSING THE ACCUSED.
10. Arrest to Arraignment.
11. Bail.
12. Disclosing and Suppressing Evidence.
13. Negotiated Justice and the Plea of Guilty.
14. Trials and Juries.
Part IV: SENTENCING THE GUILTY.
15. Sentencing Options.
16. Sentencing.
Part V: APPELLATE, LOWER AND JUVENILE COURTS.
17. Appellate Courts.
18. The Lower Courts.
19. Juvenile Courts.
Epilogue.

Supplements

Instructor Supplements

Instructor Supplements

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PowerLecture  (ISBN-10: 0495382779 | ISBN-13: 9780495382775)

This instructor resource includes Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides with graphics from the text, making it easy for you to assemble, edit, publish, and present custom lectures for your course. The PowerLecture CD also includes polling and quiz questions that can be used with the JoinIn on TurningPoint® personal response system, and integrates ExamView® testing software for customizing tests of up to 250 items that can be delivered in print or online. Finally, all of your media teaching resources in one place!


ExamView® (Windows/Macintosh)  (ISBN-10: 0495382752 | ISBN-13: 9780495382751)

Create, deliver, and customize tests and study guides, both in print and online, in minutes with this easy-to-use assessment and tutorial system. ExamView offers both a Quick Test Wizard and an Online Test Wizard that guide you step-by-step through the process of creating tests, while the unique "WYSIWYG" capability allows you to see the test you are creating on the screen exactly as it will print or display online. You can build tests of up to 250 questions using up to 12 question types. Using ExamView's complete word processing capabilities, you can enter an unlimited number of new questions or edit existing questions. The updated test bank includes the following for each chapter: 25 multiple-choice questions, 20 true/false questions, 20 fill-in-the-blank questions, and 5 essay questions.


Instructor's Resource Manual  (ISBN-10: 049531952X | ISBN-13: 9780495319528)

The updated Instructor's Resource Manual which accompanies provides a detailed outline, key terms and concepts, discussion topics and student activities, recommended readings, critical thinking questions, and testing suggestions that will help time-pressed teachers more effectively communicate with their students while allowing them to strengthen coverage of course material. The Resource Manual's integrated Test Bank includes 25 multiple-choice questions, 20 true/false questions, 20 fill-in-the-blank questions, and 5 essay questions for each chapter, saving instructors hours of test preparation. Each question in the Test Bank has been carefully reviewed by experienced criminal justice instructors for quality, accuracy, and content coverage. Our Instructor Approved seal, which appears on the front cover, is our assurance that you are working with an assessment and grading resource of the highest caliber.


The Wadsworth Custom Video for Criminal Justice, Volume II - DVD Version  (ISBN-10: 0495189502 | ISBN-13: 9780495189503)

Includes short 5- to 10-minute segments that provide faculty with a method of building student interest and classroom discussion. The segments focus on current topics as well as high-profile cases, and they are long enough to trigger an in-depth discussion but short enough to not fill an entire class session.


The Wadsworth Custom Video for Criminal Justice, Volume II  (ISBN-10: 0534573355 | ISBN-13: 9780534573355)

Build student interest and class discussion with short 5- to 10-minute video segments focused on current topics and high-profile cases. Recipient of several “New Media Magazine” awards, this interactive CD-ROM lets students play investigating officer, lawyer, parole officer, and judge in realistic scenarios.


Video: Oral History, Volume II  (ISBN-10: 0534616011 | ISBN-13: 9780534616014)


Moments in Time: The Oral History of Criminology and Criminal Justice Project  (ISBN-10: 0534617034 | ISBN-13: 9780534617035)

Moments in Time: created from the Oral History Project videos from the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.


The Wadsworth Custom Video for Criminal Justice, Volume III  (ISBN-10: 0495129984 | ISBN-13: 9780495129981)

Includes short 5- to 10-minute segments that provide faculty with a method of building student interest and classroom discussion. The segments focus on current topics as well as high-profile cases, and they are long enough to trigger an in-depth discussion but short enough to not fill an entire class session.


Handbook of Selected Supreme Court Cases for Criminal Justice  (ISBN-10: 0495130397 | ISBN-13: 9780495130390)

This supplementary handbook covers almost 40 landmark cases, each of which includes a full case citation, an introduction, a summary from WestLaw, excerpts from the case, and the decision. The updated edition includes Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, Roper v. Simmons, Ring v. Arizona, Atkins v. Virginia, Illinois v. Caballes, and much more.


The Wadsworth Custom Video for Criminal Justice, Volume III - DVD Version  (ISBN-10: 0495189510 | ISBN-13: 9780495189510)

Includes short 5- to 10-minute segments that provide faculty with a method of building student interest and classroom discussion. The segments focus on current topics as well as high-profile cases, and they are long enough to trigger an in-depth discussion but short enough to not fill an entire class session.


WebTutor™ ToolBox for WebCT™ Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0534274900 | ISBN-13: 9780534274900)

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Instructor's Edition  (ISBN-10: 0495382760 | ISBN-13: 9780495382768)


Student Supplements

Student Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title’s "About the Solution" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition. For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Handbook of Selected Supreme Court Cases for Criminal Justice  (ISBN-10: 0495130397 | ISBN-13: 9780495130390)

This supplementary handbook covers almost 40 landmark cases, each of which includes a full case citation, an introduction, a summary from WestLaw, excerpts from the case, and the decision. The updated edition includes Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, Roper v. Simmons, Ring v. Arizona, Atkins v. Virginia, Illinois v. Caballes, and much more.


WebTutor™ ToolBox for WebCT™ Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0534274900 | ISBN-13: 9780534274900)

WebTutor Toolbox offers basic online study tools including learning objectives, flashcards and practice quizzes.

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WebTutor™ ToolBox for Blackboard® Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0534274919 | ISBN-13: 9780534274917)

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Meet the Author

About the Author

David W. Neubauer

David William Neubauer has taught at the University of Florida, at Washington University in St. Louis, and most recently at the University of New Orleans. In addition to this best-selling text, he is the author of DEBATING CRIME: RHETORIC AND REALITY, and BATTLE SUPREME: THE CONFIRMATION OF CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS AND THE FUTURE OF THE SUPREME COURT, both from Wadsworth. His articles have appeared in a wide array of scholarly journals, including Law and Society Review, Judicature, Policy Studies Journal, and Law and Policy Quarterly. Dr. Neubauer's current research interests include nominations to the Supreme Court and religion in public life.

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Customer Reviews

"The Table of Contents is excellent. It is well organized and informative, a good road map. I like the chapter selection. Nothing is missing." "The manuscript’s readability is smooth. He style is concise, clear, accurate, exceptionally interesting." "I am very impressed by the text’s learning and review tools. I like how the key terms refer to page numbers."
— Elizabeth Callahan, Lincoln University