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Criminal Law, Third Edition

Author(s): David C. Brody, JD, PhD, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Program, Washington State University, Spokane
James R. Acker, JD, PhD, Distinguished Teaching Professor, School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany, New York
  • ISBN-13: 9781449698447
  • Paperback    446 pages      © 2015
Price: $165.95 US List
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An Updated Edition of a Student-Friendly, Criminal Law Text

The third edition of Criminal Law introduces readers to the underlying principles, legal doctrine, and rules of criminal law. The innovative and highly student-friendly text uses real-world case examples to contextualize laws and give students a solid foundation in substantive criminal law while guiding them through what the law is, how it evolved, and the principles on which it is based. By studying case materials, students will develop the analytical skills essential to understanding how legal principles have developed over time and how they are best applied to ever-changing factual situations.

The fully revised and updated Third Edition retains all the extensive pedagogical features of the previous edition—chapter objectives, a glossary of key terms, review questions, and suggested readings—while adding all-new material on moral and state crimes, expanded coverage of terrorism, and a flow chart of the criminal justice system. Students will come away from the text with a greater understanding of how laws are applied, as well as the logic and reasoning behind judicial decisions. Accessible but challenging, Criminal Law, Third Edition will gently push undergraduate and graduate students alike to broaden their analytical approaches.

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Features & Benefits

  • Expanded review questions for all case studies throughout
  • Fully updated to reflect current court cases, including the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, the 2013 Kermit Gosnell case, and the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting
  • All-new coverage of moral crimes and state crimes and expanded coverage of terrorism
  • Updated to include information on computer-based offenses, cybercrime, and identity theft
  • A full suite of ancillary resources, including Lecture Outlines in PowerPoint format and a Test Bank

Applicable Courses

This text is ideal for Criminal Law courses.

Chapter 1  Introduction to the Study of Criminal Law
Chapter 2  Constitutional Limits on the Definition and Punishment of Crimes
Chapter 3  General Elements of Crimes
Chapter 4  Justification Defenses
Chapter 5  Excuse Defenses
Chapter 6  Criminal Homicide
Chapter 7  Rape and Sexual Assault
Chapter 8  Other Crimes Against the Person
Chapter 9  Property Crimes and Crimes Against Habitation
Chapter 10  Crimes Against Public Order and Security
Chapter 11  Liability for the Conduct of Another
Chapter 12  Inchoate Crimes

David C. Brody, JD, PhD-Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Program, Washington State University, Spokane

David C. Brody is an associate professor in the Criminal Justice Program at Washington State University.  He received a JD from the University of Arizona College of Law and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany.  He is the author of books on the criminal court system,  criminal law and criminal procedure, and over twenty scholarly articles that have been published in such journals as the American Criminal Law Review, Crime & Delinquency, Denver University Law Review, Hastings Women’s Law Journal, Justice System Journal, and Judicature.  In addition to legal scholarship, David’s research focuses on judicial selection and performance evaluation systems, jury reform, and the interaction between law and criminal justice policy. 

James R. Acker, JD, PhD-Distinguished Teaching Professor, School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany, New York

James R. Acker is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany. He holds J.D. (Duke University) and PhD (University at Albany, in criminal justice) degrees. He is the recipient of Excellence in Teaching Awards from the University at Albany and the State University of New York (SUNY). He is the co-author, with David Brody, of Criminal Procedure: A Contemporary Perspective (Jones & Bartlett Learning, 3rd ed. 2013) and Criminal Law (Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2d ed. 2010), and co-author, with JoAnne Malatesta, of Introduction to Law and Criminal Justice (Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2013).  He is the author of Scottsboro and Its Legacy: The Cases That Challenged American Legal and Social Justice (Praeger Publishers 2008), and co-editor of The Future of America’s Death Penalty: An Agenda for the Next Generation of Capital Punishment Research (Carolina Academic Press 2009); Wounds That Do Not Bind: Victim-Based Perspectives on the Death Penalty (Carolina Academic Press 2006); and America’s Experiment With Capital Punishment: Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future of the Ultimate Penal Sanction (Carolina Academic Press, 2d ed. 2003).

  • Now in a fully revised and updated third edition with additional coverage of moral and state crimes, expanded material on terrorism, a flow chart visually depicting the criminal justice system, expanded review questions, and information about current court cases (including the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting), Criminal Law is a solid educational text suitable for college classrooms. Drawing directly from court cases to illuminate core principles of America's criminal justice system, both in ideology and in practical methodology, Criminal Law makes an excellent base for an introductory course, or for self-study. Highly recommended.

    -Midwest Book Review, Library Bookwatch: October 2014

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