Mapping American Criminal Law: Variations across the 50 States, 1st Edition

  • Paul H. Robinson
  • Tyler Scot Williams
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  • ISBN-10: 1440860130
  • ISBN-13: 9781440860133
  • DDC: 345.73
  • 352 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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This first-of-its-kind volume sketches the diversity implicit in United States criminal law doctrine through its examination of a range of criminal laws pertaining to murder, sexual assault, drug offenses, the insanity defense, and more and the way in which different states deal with those issues. It provides insights into the most widely invoked standards in criminal law and raises awareness of the enormous discrepancies among the criminal laws of states, documenting them using dozens of visually coded maps that showcase geographic, political, and socioeconomic differences to explain patterns of agreement and disagreement. For political scientists, criminologists, sociologists, legal scholars, policy advisors, legislators, lawyers, judges, and scholars and students of these fields. In addition, each chapter is highly accessible to laypersons and includes an explanation of the subject matter as well as explanations of the various approaches to criminal law taken by states.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Preliminary Issues: Punishment Theory and Legality.
1: Distributive Principles of Criminal Law.
2: Habitual Offender Statutes.
3: Death Penalty.
4: Legality Requirement.
5: Provocation/Extreme Emotional Disturbance.
6: Felony Murder.
7: Causation.
Liability Doctrines.
8: Transferred Intent.
9: Consent to Injury.
10: Mental Illness and Culpability.
11: Attempt.
12: Complicity.
13: Complicity Liability of Coconspirators.
Justification Defenses.
14: Lesser Evils/ Necessity Defense.
15: Self-Defense.
16: Law Enforcement Authority.
Excuse Defenses.
17: Insanity Defense.
18: Immaturity Defense.
Nonexculpatory Defenses.
19: Statute of Limitations.
20: Exclusionary Rule.
21: Entrapment Defense.
Offenses against the Person and Property.
22: Criminalizing Risk Creation.
23: Statutory Rape.
24: Domestic Violence.
25: Stalking and Harassment.
26: Child Neglect.
27: Deceptive Business Practices.
28: Extortion.
Public Order and Decency Offenses.
29: Adultery.
30: Criminal Obscenity.
31: Child Pornography.
Offenses against the Community.
32: Drug Offenses.
33: Firearms Possession Offenses.
34: Predatory Pricing.
35: Organized Crime.
36: Fixing Sporting Events.
Procedural Issues.
37: Extradition.
38: Jurisdiction.
About the Author.