Higher Education

Constitutional Rights: Myths and Realities, 1st Edition

  • Christopher E. Smith Michigan State University
  • ISBN-10: 0534639658  |  ISBN-13: 9780534639655
  • 272 Pages
  • © 2004 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $87.00



Written in an accessible and provocative style, this text illuminates the reality of constitutional rights by examining and unmasking commonly held beliefs about legal protections for individuals in the criminal justice system.

Table of Contents

1. The Image of Rights.
2. The Definition of Constitutional Rights.
3. The Implementation of Constitutional Rights.
4. The First Amendment.
5. The Fourth Amendment.
6. The Fifth Amendment.
7. The Sixth Amendment.
8. The Eighth Amendment.
9. The Fourteenth Amendment.
10. Constitutional Rights and the War on Terrorism.
11. Constitutional Rights in Criminal Justice: Illusions and Complexities.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Christopher E. Smith

Christopher E. Smith is Professor of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University (MSU). He earned degrees at Harvard University, the University of Bristol (England), the University of Tennessee, and the University of Connecticut. Trained as a lawyer and social scientist, he is the author of 25 books and more than 100 scholarly articles on law, courts, and criminal justice policy. He has been recognized as an outstanding teacher with MSU's "Teacher-Scholar Award" and "Social Science Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award." His other books with Cengage Learning/Wadsworth include THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 15th Edition (with George Cole and Christina DeJong), LAW AND CONTEMPORARY CORRECTIONS, CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: MYTHS AND REALITIES, and CRIMINAL PROCEDURE.