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Bringing criminal law to life.
Criminal Law Today, Fifth Edition, brings criminal law to life by relating it to real stories from today’s headlines. The text’s approach is strongly influenced by the belief that the law has always been, and remains, a vital policy-making tool. As a topic for study and discussion, the nature and life of the law is more important today than ever before. The text highlights the challenges that face the law as it continue... MORE
CHAPTER 1 The Nature and History of Criminal Law
CHAPTER 2 Criminal Liability and the Essence of Crime
CHAPTER 3 Expanding the Concept of Crime
CHAPTER 4 Extending Criminal Liability: Inchoate Offenses and Parties to Crime
CHAPTER 5 Justifications as Def... MORE
CHAPTER 6 Defenses: Excuses and Insanity
CHAPTER 7 Legal and Social Dimensions of Personal Crime: Homicide
CHAPTER 8 Legal and Social Dimensions of Personal Crime: Assault, Battery, and Other Personal Crimes
CHAPTER 9 Legal and Social Dimensions of Property and Computer Crimes
CHAPTER 10 Offenses against Public Order and the Administration of Justice
CHAPTER 11 Terrorism and Human Trafficking Offenses against Public Morality
CHAPTER 12 Offenses against Public Morality Terrorism and Human Trafficking
CHAPTER 13 Victims and the Law
CHAPTER 14 Punishment and Sentencing
APPENDIX A How to Brief a Case
APPENDIX B The Constitution of the United States of America
APPENDIX C Model Penal Code Excerpts
Table of Cases
Frank Schmalleger, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Dr. Schmalleger holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Ohio State University, having earned both a master’s (1970) and doctorate (1974) from Ohio State University, with a special emphasis in criminology. From 1976 to 1994, he taught criminal justice courses at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. For the last 16 of those years, he chaired the university’s Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice. He was named Professor Emeritus in 2001. As an adjunct professor with Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, Schmalleger helped develop the university’s graduate program in security administration and loss prevention. He taught courses in that curriculum for more than a decade. Schmalleger has also taught in the New School for Social Research’s online graduate program, helping to build the world’s first electronic classrooms in support of distance learning through computer telecommunications. An avid Internet user, Schmalleger is also the creator of a number of award-winning websites, including one that supports this textbook (