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Building on the strengths of prior editions, CRIMINAL LAW, Seventh Edition, integrates updated cases and new real-world examples to provide a current, engaging, and succinct introduction to criminal law. This successful and time-tested text couples a classic organization and traditional presentation of case law with cutting-edge coverage of recent trends in law. The author's academic and legal experience provides students with firsthand insights into the American legal system, while ample pedagogy and simple, non-legal language make the book's writing uniquely accessible. Utilizing extensive case material, the book covers the historical background of criminal law as well as the most significant recent developments. This volume is one of two updated "splits" of the combined CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE, Eighth Edition (c. 2014), by the same author.

John M. Scheb, II, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, University of Tennessee

John M. Scheb, II attended the University of Florida, where he received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in political science. He is now Professor and Head of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he specializes in public law, courts, and the judicial process. Professor Scheb has authored numerous articles in professional journals and is coauthor of several other textbooks, including: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM, 3rd Edition (Wolters Kluwer, 2013), LAW AND ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESS (Thomson/Wadsworth, 2005), and AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, 6th Edition (Wadsworth/Cengage, 2014).
  • Jurisprudence boxes are highlighted throughout the book and provide summaries of important Supreme Court decisions pertaining to specific issues of criminal law. A capsule of these key decisions appears at the end of each chapter to simplify study and review.
  • Key terms are now defined in marginal notes when they are introduced, keeping students engaged by eliminating the need for them to turn to the end of the chapter or the glossary to find definitions.
  • Thoroughly updated with information on recent judicial decisions, statutes, and trials, this edition has also been streamlined with an eye to making it even more accessible to readers.
  • Each chapter opens with a vignette featuring a high profile or controversial case to capture students' interest and help them see the relevance and real-world application of the material.
  • Bulleted learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter are carefully matched to end-of-chapter summary sections and linked to corresponding quiz or test items in the accompanying Test Bank to provide maximum learning reinforcement.
  • Each chapter contains an outline delineating the major topics covered in the chapter to set the stage for reading.
  • Beginning with Chapter 3, each chapter includes several Case-in-Point boxes, each of which offers a concise summary of a case that illustrates a key concept under discussion.
  • A set of Questions for Thought and Discussion and one or more hypothetical problems (Problems for Discussion and Solution) are included to test understanding and stimulate classroom discussion.
  • Appendix A, "Access to the Law through Legal Research," includes up-to-date guidance on researching law through the Internet and computerized services for students and instructors who wish to venture into the realm of legal research.
1. Fundamentals of Criminal Law.
2. Organization of the Criminal Justice System.
3. Constitutional Limitations on the Prohibition of Criminal Conduct.
4. Elements of Crimes and Parties to Crimes.
5. Inchoate Offenses.
6. Homicidal Offenses.
7. Other Offenses against Persons.
8. Property Crimes.
9. White-Collar and Organized Crime.
10. Vice Crimes.
11. Offenses against Public Health and the Environment.
12. Offenses against Public Order, Safety, and National Security.
13. Offenses against Justice and Public Administration.
14. Criminal Responsibility and Defenses.
Appendix A: Access to the Law through Legal Research.
Appendix B: The Constitution of the United States of America.

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Online Instructor's Resource Manual with Test Bank

ISBN: 9781285459318
An improved and completely updated Instructor's Resource Manual with Test Bank includes learning objectives, detailed chapter outlines, key terms, a list of relevant court cases, questions for review and discussion, and media suggestions. Each chapter's test bank, which reflects the content in the new edition of the text, contains questions in multiple-choice, true–false, fill-in-the-blank, and essay formats, with a full answer key. Each question tests students on one of the Learning Objectives in text; the Learning Objective that each question correlates to is cited in the Answer Key.