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Constitutional Law and the Criminal Justice System 7th Edition

J. Scott Harr | Kären M. Hess | Christine H. Orthmann | Jonathon Kingsbury

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Unrivaled in its simplicity and skill-building pedagogy, Harr, Hess, Orthmann, and Kingsbury's CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, 7th Edition explains the complexities of the U.S. Constitution and the criminal justice system -- avoiding "legalese" and using real-world examples. More than 200 summarized cases introduce pertinent cases in a non-intimidating manner. Students explore such issues as reasonable search and seizure, double jeopardy, and testifying against oneself, and consider immigration, terrorism and homeland security, electronic surveillance and the use of drones, use of force, and searches of cell phones and other digital evidence. Also available: the MindTap® online learning experience.

J. Scott Harr, Metropolitan State University and Normandale Community College

The late J. Scott Harr worked in various areas of the law for 30 years. He was the Chief Law Enforcement Officer and Public Safety Director for a suburb of the Twin Cities and served as a police officer for two other cities prior to that. In addition, he served as a firefighter and emergency medical technician. Licensed as a lawyer, police officer, and private investigator, he taught at Normandale Community College, Metropolitan State University, and Concordia University.

Kären M. Hess, Normandale Community College, Minnesota

The late Kären Matison Hess, PhD, wrote extensively in law enforcement and criminal justice, gaining a respected reputation for the consistent pedagogical style around which she structured each textbook. She co-authored multiple editions of MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, JUVENILE JUSTICE, and INTRODUCTION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE in addition to CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM; much of her work and influence remains unchanged in this new edition.

Christine H. Orthmann, Orthmann Writing & Research, Inc., Minnesota

Christine H. Orthmann holds an M.S. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati and has been writing and researching in various aspects of criminal justice for over 20 years. She is the co-author of numerous Cengage Learning textbooks, a former reserve officer with the Rosemount, Minnesota, Police Department, and a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the American Society of Criminology (ASC), the Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA), and the National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma).

Jonathon Kingsbury, St. Cloud State University

Jon Kingsbury, JD, has been with the Minneapolis (Minnesota) Police Department since 1995. Most of his career has been spent in uniform, both as a patrol officer and a supervisor. In addition to his time in uniform, he has experience as a department physical fitness instructor, defense tactics coordinator, field training officer, SWAT team supervisor, and in-service trainer. Lt. Kingsbury received a BA from the University of Minnesota and a JD from Hamline University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. He has taught college courses in report writing and criminal procedure, and has acted as a law enforcement consultant in the areas of use of force and search and seizure. He is a member of several organizations, including the Minnesota State Bar Association, the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, and the National Tactical Officers Association.

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  • While other constitutional law texts tend to be either government-oriented (for political science courses) or casebooks (for pre-law courses), this text's unique approach -- featuring a pedagogical framework for concept mastery, diverse real-world examples, and succinct case summaries written in plain English -- places it in a category by itself.
  • "Case in Brief" boxes present concise summaries of relevant case law so as to avoid overwhelming students.
  • "In the News" boxes use recent headline cases to vividly illustrate chapter material.
  • "Constitutional Law in Action" features offer additional examples of key chapter concepts in practice -- including proper and improper police actions and the results -- and conclude with debate questions to stimulate critical thinking and class discussion.
  • "Myth/Fact" boxes help dispel some popular misconceptions regarding constitutional issues as they relate to contemporary policing in the United States.
  • The authors' signature four-point learning system helps students master chapter concepts. Numbered learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter outline what students will learn as they read, while Key Terms lists provide essential words students need to know to understand the chapter material. Numbered boxes throughout each chapter repeat the learning objectives and summarize the related concepts. In addition, end-of-chapter material includes a summary and discussion questions that further reinforce key concepts and encourage students to critically examine them.

Constitutional Law and the Criminal Justice System


1. An Historical Overview.
2. An Overview of the U.S. Legal System.
3. The U.S. Supreme Court: The Final Word.
4. Equal Protection under the Law: Balancing Individual, State, and Federal Rights.
5. The First Amendment: Basic Freedoms.
6. The Second Amendment: The Gun Control Controversy.
7. The Fourth Amendment: An Overview of Constitutional Searches and Seizures.
8. Conducting Constitutional Seizures.
9. Conducting Constitutional Searches.
10. The Fifth Amendment: Obtaining Information Legally.
11. The Sixth Amendment: Right to Counsel and a Fair Trial.
12. The Eighth Amendment: Bail, Fines, and Punishment.
13. The Remaining Amendments and a Return to the Constitution.
Appendix A: The U.S. Constitution and Amendments.
Appendix B: Reading Legal Citations.
Appendix C: Briefs of Marbury and Miranda.
Appendix D: Shepardizing a Case.
Appendix E: Legal Research.

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Test Bank (Microsoft Word)

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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 for each chapter of the text -- most with answers and page references.

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