Inside Criminal Law: What Matters and why

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Aspen Publishers Online, 2008 - Law - 241 pages
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With a dynamic author team and a dynamic, hard-working pedagogy to aid memory and understanding, Inside Criminal Law: What Matters and Why offers: clear explanations that demystify the material without oversimplifying it thorough coverage of key concepts pedagogical features that enhance learning and ease of use: Overview: Each chapter starts with a brief introduction that positions the topic within the course . From the beginning, students will understand both what the topic is about and why it matters Key Terms: Essential terminology is highlighted and explained at first use FAQs: Students’ frequently asked questions are spelled out and given straightforward answers that address common mistakes and misconceptions Sidebars: These boxes offer additional insights Graphics: Charts, photos, and cartoons illustrate concepts, replicating the use of blackboard, PowerPoint, and other visual aids effectively used in the classroom ;Summary: A bulleted list of the key points in the chapter reminds students of the essentials of the chapter topic Connections: Each chapter ends with a brief section that connects the material to other chapters, encouraging students to consider “Where have I been?” and “Where am I going?” The new Inside series is designed to solidify student understanding of the course with a focus on the essentials: what matters and why.
 

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Contents

Purposes of the Criminal Law
6
Actus Reus Requirement
17
Mens Rea
35
B Strict Liability Offenses
47
Mistake of Fact
55
Mens Rea 35
56
Causation
61
B Specific Applications
69
B Unintentional Killings
142
Assault and Battery
151
B Aggravated Assaultive Crimes
157
Rape and Sexual Assault
165
B Statutory Rape
175
Theft Offenses and Related Crimes
183
B Legislative Expansion of Theft Crimes
191
F Receiving Stolen Property
198

Complicity
79
B Vicarious Liability
90
Attempt
97
Abandonment
107
Conspiracy
115
The Act of Agreement
121
Pinkerton Doctrine
126
Homicide
133
Justification Defenses
203
A SelfDefense
205
B Imperfect Defense
212
F Necessity
219
Excuses
225
Infancy
236
Index
239
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Russell Weaver received a B.A. in English from Tulane University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago. He is currently Associate Professor of English at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. His research interests include the relation between theory and practice in literary criticism, nineteenth-century British literature, and Shakespeare.

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