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Providing the undergraduate criminal law course with a nationally acclaimed blend of analysis and illustrative cases, Joel Samaha's CRIMINAL LAW has been a popular choice among instructors for more than 30 years. Praised for his clear, concise, and engaging writing style, Samaha presents criminal law using a combined approach that features methodical, careful explanations of traditional law categories along with classic and contemporary cases. Packed with the latest topics and cases -- and available with the powerful MindTap® online learning platform -- the 12th Edition is even more effective in helping students understand and think analytically about the underlying principles and policies that specific cases illustrate.

Joel Samaha, University of Minnesota

Joel Samaha is University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure. He received his B.A. (History), J.D., and Ph.D. (History) from Northwestern University and studied under Sir Geoffrey Elton at Cambridge University, England. Professor Samaha was admitted to the Illinois Bar, briefly practiced law in Chicago, and then taught at UCLA. In 1971, he joined the University of Minnesota, where he served as Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Studies for four years, taught television and radio courses in criminal justice, co-taught a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar in legal and constitutional history, was named College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Teacher in 1974, and named University Distinguished Teaching Professor in 2007. Professor Samaha's works have appeared in Historical Journal, American Journal of Legal History, Minnesota Law Review, William Mitchell Law Review, and Journal of Social History.

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  • Providing a durable, practical framework that students can apply to specific cases in the textbook, Professor Samaha focuses on the principles that affect the whole of criminal law, showing students the continuing relevance of these principles to new developments and jurisdictional differences.
  • Maximizing students' learning potential and course success, learning tools make this book appropriate for a wide range of students, including today's visual and online-oriented learners. Absorbing case "teasers" draw students into each chapter, and "Elements of Crime" boxes give a visual view of the elements of the major crimes included in the book. Case-clarifying discussion questions offer further insight, while Internet references connect students to additional resources. The entire Bill of Rights appears in the appendix, providing a handy reference.
  • An updated running glossary in the text's margins provides an invaluable review and study tool for students.
  • Helping students focus on key topics, chapter-opening numbered learning objectives are called out in text margins and revisited in the end-of-chapter summary. Objectives are also integrated into the Test Bank and other supplements that accompany the text.
  • Samaha's popular text/casebook approach gives you ultimate flexibility in organizing your course. It enables you to pick and choose the extent of case coverage you want while still enjoying the advantage of this bestseller's superb and comprehensive coverage of case law.
  • Clear and accessible for students, Samaha's CRIMINAL LAW also is impeccably accurate, case-driven, and comprehensive for your teaching needs -- understandably making it the text of choice at colleges across the country.

Criminal Law


1. Criminal Law and Punishment in U.S. Society: An Overview.
2. Constitutional Limits on Criminal Law.
3. The Criminal Act: The First Principle of Criminal Liability.
4. The General Principles of Criminal Liability: Men's Rea, Concurrence, Ignorance, and Mistake.
5. Defenses to Criminal Liability I: Justifications.
6. Defenses to Criminal Liability II: Excuses.
7. Parties to Crime and Vicarious Liability.
8. Inchoate Crimes.
9. Crimes Against Persons I: Murder and Manslaughter.
10. Crimes Against Persons II: Sex Offenses, Bodily Injury, and Personal Restraint.
11. Crimes Against Property.
12. Crimes Against Public Order and Morals.
13. Crimes Against the State.
Appendix (Selected Amendments to Constitution of the United States: The Bill of Rights and Amendment XIV).

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Online PowerPoint® Slides

ISBN: 9781305640146
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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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.

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