California Criminal Law: Cases and Problems

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LexisNexis, Aug 8, 2011 - Law - 846 pages
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This book emphasizes cases and problems as a vehicle for teaching students how to read and understand cases and statutes and to construct legal arguments. The cases are presented in relatively complete form, often with concurring and dissenting opinions in order to give students examples of fully developed legal arguments. The many short problems throughout the book are all taken from real cases and ask the students to develop the appropriate legal arguments based on the cases they have read. Each chapter begins with an introduction to give background to the cases and to outline the issues to be explored. Notes, which have been kept to a minimum, are generally used to extend the students' analysis by asking them to consider theoretical or policy issues raised by the cases or alternative approaches contained in the Model Penal Code or other jurisdictions. The Third Edition includes many new and influential California cases, as well as new problems, continuing the commitment to showing the students current developments in the criminal law.
 

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B THREE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF AMERICAN CRIMINAL
THE CRIMINAL CASE IN CALIFORNIA
Defining Culpable Conduct
MENTAL STATE MENS REA
THE DEFENSE CLAIM OF REASONABLE MISTAKE
INTENTIONAL KILLINGS
UNINTENTIONAL KILLINGS
PROPERTY CRIMES
INCHOATE CRIMES
CRIMES AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT
Affirmative Defenses
AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSES EXCUSES
Vicarious Liability
SCOPE OF VICARIOUS LIABILITY
The Death Penalty

KILLINGS IN THE COMMISSION OF ANOTHER CRIME
THIRD PARTY KILLINGS

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